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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

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ISBN 10: 0312086342 / ISBN 13: 9780312086343
Published by St Martins Press, U.S.A., 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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**First Printing (full # line starts at 1), First Edition, December 1992 stated. Hardcover in Fine + condition, like mint in a dust jacket that is in fine condition, unclipped and price-intact ($29.95). Only minor flaw are 2 minor unseen spots are on the inside bottom of jacket. A beautiful first print copy of this *collectible book.* From back of dj -- "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. and --- "Randi has a kind of insider's knowledge of magic that few historians can match." -- Penn & Teller. Amazing reproductions and photos fill this volume and make it a truly handsome history. Facsimile signature of James Randi on ffep. Bookseller Inventory # 001124

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Title: Conjuring: Being a Definitive Account of the...

Publisher: St Martins Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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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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