The Magic Book

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Magic has enchanted mankind for millennia, evoking awe, laughter, amazement and wonder. Once persecuted as heretics and sorcerers, magicians have always been the intermediaries of a parallel universe with infinite possibilities, whether they evoke spirits, read minds or reverse the laws of nature with a sleight of hand. Long before science fiction, virtual reality, video games and the Internet, the art of magic was the most powerful imaginary world known to man.
True pioneers of special effects, magicians have never ceased to perplex us by making the impossible possible. This book pays tribute to more than five centuries of stunning iconographic culture created by the world's greatest magicians. Gathering over 750 rarely seen documents - posters, photographs, programs, prints, and paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Bruegel among others - it traces the history of magic from the 15th century to the 1950s.
With sensational illustrations and clear, informative text, Magic explores the art of the magician, from the first street conjurers to the brilliant theatrical conjurers, from the golden age of magic in the 19th century to revolutionary risk-takers like Houdini and the cabaret artists of the early 20th century.

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Publisher: Taschen
Format : Large format
Presentation : Hardcover
Weight : 4496g
25,9 cm × 38,2 cm × 4,7 cm