Conjuring: Being a Definitive Account of the Venerable Arts of Sorcery, Prestidigitation, Wizardry, Deception, & Chicanery and of the Mountebanks & Scoundrels Who Have Perpetrated These Subterfuges on

Randi, James

Published by St Martins Press, 1992
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*First Edition , First Printing Dec. 1992 and (full # line starts at 1). Soft cover edition in Near Fine condition; one corner is softened and curled slightly and 4 tiny pin-head-sized dents on back wrapper, otherwise whistle-clean and unmarked inside with shiny wraps. From back wrap -- "The brilliant and amazing James Randi has created the definitive story of 'Conjuring.' I recommend it to magicians and non-magicians alike." -- Harry Blackstone Jr. Filled with an amazing array of illustrations, photographs, and color posters of magic acts and magicians. Oversize PB (8" x 11"). Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: A history of magic by one of its most renowned contemporary practitioners debunks the fraudulent "physics" and "healers," while discussing the exploits of some of the most notorious magicians in history. By the author of Flim-Flam.

From Publishers Weekly: Drawing on histories, documents and his own contacts, "The Amazing Randy," a magician also known for his work unmasking fraudulent psychics, here provides a broad but ultimately unsatisfying history of magic and its performers. Beginning with tales of Egypt and India, Randi discusses such ancient tricks as the Cups & Balls routine and the role of machines like the automaton. He traces the careers of performers "Chung Ling Soo" (an early 20th-century conjurer who was not in fact Chinese but a disguised American), the famous Blackstone and Houdini. While the many illustrations (75 in color, 115 in black-and-white) are entertaining--especially those of old posters advertising performances--the book becomes tedious as it degenerates into a collection of brief profiles of relatively obscure performers. Worse, Randi's decision not to reveal how any of the tricks were done is frustrating, given his otherwise detailed descriptions of the life and work of conjurers.
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Title: Conjuring: Being a Definitive Account of the...
Publisher: St Martins Press
Publication Date: 1992
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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