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Magic has enchanted humankind for thousands of years, evoking terror, laughter, shock, and amazement in its audiences. Once persecuted as heretics and socerers, magicians have always been conduits to a parallel universe of limitless possibility -- whether invoking spirits, reading minds, or inverting the laws of nature by sleight of hand. Before science fiction, virtual realities, video games, and the Internet, magicians were the pioneers of special effects in history. This book celebrates more than 500 years of the stunning visual culture of the world's greatest magicians from the 1400s to the 1950s. Featuring more than 850 rarely seen vintage posters, photographs, handbills, and engravings in one volume, it traces the history of magic as a performing art. Through arresting images and insightful accompanying text, Magic 1400s-1950s brings together for the first time the full scope of the craft's brilliant imagery, from that of it's early street performers to the masters of the golden age and 20th century greats like Houdini.

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ISBN-13: 9783836523097
Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
Publication date: 10/09/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 246,765
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 13.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Noel Daniel (Editor) graduated from Princeton University and studied in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship. She received a master's in London and was the director of a photography art gallery before becoming a book editor. Mike Caveney (Contributor) is a writer, publisher, collector, and professional magician who has published more than 50 books on the theory, practice, and history of magic. Ricky Jay (Contributor) is considered one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists. He is also distinguished as an actor, historian, and best-selling author. Jim Steinmeyer (Contributor) is the author of many books of magic history and practice, including the Los Angeles Times best-seller Hiding the Elephant and The Glorious Deception. He has created deceptions featured by leading magicians such as Doug Henning, David Copperfield, and Siegfried and Roy, and critically acclaimed illusions for the Broadway hits Mary Poppins, Beauty and theBeast, and Into the Woods.

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