THE MAGIC MAKERS: Magic and the Men Who Made It by I. G. Edmonds

THE MAGIC MAKERS: Magic and the Men Who Made It

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Edmonds combines an historical survey (from Persian magi and Egyptian priests to recent TV appearances) with explanations of how the magicians' tricks were and are--or at least could have been--done. Most are twists on the same trusty few--talking statues, levitation, bullet catching, ghost raising--though for brilliant innovators like escape artist Houdini it was the variation that counted. The backstage revelations might attract would-be practitioners but most books on magic tricks tell how they're done, and Edmonds' prosaic roster manages to dispel not only the mystery but the glamor as well.

Pub Date: April 28th, 1976
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Nelson