An illustrated, illuminating insight into the world
of illusion from the world’s greatest and most successful magician,
capturing its audacious and inventive practitioners, and showcasing the
art form’s most famous artifacts housed at David Copperfield’s secret
In this personal journey through a unique and remarkable performing art,
David Copperfield profiles twenty-eight of the world’s most
groundbreaking magicians. From the 16th-century magistrate who wrote the
first book on conjuring to the roaring twenties and the man who fooled
Houdini, to the woman who levitated, vanished, and caught bullets in her
teeth, David Copperfield’s History of Magic takes you on a wild journey
through the remarkable feats of the greatest magicians in history.
These magicians were all outsiders in their own way, many of them
determined to use magic to escape the strictures of class and
convention. But they all transformed popular culture, adapted to social
change, discovered the inner workings of the human mind, embraced the
latest technological and scientific discoveries, and took the art of
magic to unprecedented heights.
The incredible stories are complimented by over 100 never-before-seen
photographs of artifacts from Copperfield’s exclusive Museum of Magic,
including a 16th-century manual on sleight of hand, Houdini’s
straightjackets, handcuffs, and water torture chamber, Dante’s famous
sawing-in-half apparatus, Alexander’s high-tech turban that allowed him
to read people’s minds, and even some coins that may have magically
passed through the hands of Abraham Lincoln.
By the end of the book, you’ll be sure to share Copperfield’s passion
for the power of magic.
First edition, October 2021, 258pp, hardcover with dustjacket. Measures 8-1/2" x 11". Brand new.
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