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MAGIC BOOK
Bibliophile price: £23.00
Death, the essence of illusion, conjuring life is just one chapter! Magic has enchanted humankind for millennia, evoking terror, laughter, shock and amazement. Once persecuted as heretics and sorcerers, magicians have always been conduits to a parallel universe of limitless possibility - whether invoking spirits, reading minds, or inverting the laws of nature by sleight of hand. Long before science fiction, virtual realities, video games and the Internet, the craft of magic was the most powerful fantasy world man had ever known. This book celebrates more than 500 years of the stunning visual culture of the world's greatest magicians. Featuring more than 750 rarely seen vintage colour posters, photographs, handbills and engravings as well as paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Bruegel among others, it traces the performing art from the 1400s right up to the 1950s. From medieval street performers to the brilliant stage magicians who gave rise to cinematic special effects, from the 19th century's golden age of magic to groundbreaking daredevils like Houdini and the early 20th century's vaudevillians. 7" x 9½", 544 pages. Bursting with magical colour illus. New from Taschen.

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