Publication Date: September 15, 2020
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Ages 9 to 12, Grades 2 to 6
A vibrantly illustrated and engaging introduction to the illusionists, both famous and lesser-known, who shaped modern magic.
A great magician never reveals their secrets, but Marvelous Magicians reveals the names of eight groundbreaking illusionists, both famous and lesser-known, who shaped modern magic. Through a magical blend of biography, history, and illustration, this book spotlights an array of magicians, including one of the first female magicians, Adelaide Herrmann; African American illusionist Richard Potter, “The Handcuff King” Harry Houdini, and Houdin, Houdini’s namesake and inspiration.With two spectacular fold-out pages revealing the secret workings of the Automaton Chess Player and Howard Thurston’s dramatic transformation of an empty box into a world of wonders, this book examines the early history of magic, the eight magic effects on which all tricks are based, the necessary components of a magician’s toolbox, and the underrated role of the magician’s assistant. The book’s grand finale features advice on becoming a magician, an introduction to contemporary magicians from around the world, and an exploration of the hidden societies who have kept the secrets of illusions closely guarded for decades.Vibrantly illustrated and written in a theatrical style, Marvelous Magicians is the perfect book for aspiring magicians who want to know more about its history and the innovators who de ned it.
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