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Conjuring Asia: Magic, Orientalism and the Making of the Modern World (Hardcover)

Chris Goto-Jones

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Hardcover. The promise of magic has always commanded the human imagination, but the story of industrial modernity is usually seen as a process of disenchantment. Drawing on the writings and performan.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 336 pages. 0.671. Bookseller Inventory # 9781107076594

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The promise of magic has always commanded the human imagination, but the story of industrial modernity is usually seen as a process of disenchantment. Drawing on the writings and performances of the so-called 'Golden Age Magicians' from the turn of the twentieth century, Chris Goto-Jones unveils the ways in which European and North American encounters with (and representations of) Asia - the fabled Mystic East - worked to re-enchant experiences of the modern world. Beginning with a reconceptualization of the meaning of 'modern magic' itself - moving beyond conventional categories of 'real' and 'fake' magic - Goto-Jones' acclaimed book guides us on a magical mystery tour around India, China, and Japan, showing us levitations and decapitations, magic duels and bullet catches, goldfish bowls and paper butterflies. In the end, this mesmerizing book reveals Orientalism as a kind of magic in itself, casting a spell over Western culture that leaves it transformed, even today.

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Analyzing the secretive work of magicians, Goto-Jones charts the history of modern stage magic across India, China and Japan, looking at representations of, and encounters with, Asia in the cultural imagination of the West. Utilizing biographies, travelogues and reviews of magical performances, the book explores the relationship between modern magicians and magic.

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