This out-of-print book is a heavy, substantial book- filled with LOTS of photos!
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"Two books in one!
More than 700 photographs and line drawings, many in full color, enliven this exciting volume, which is truly two books in one- the story of how magic developed, plus a clear easy-to-follow guide to performing 150 magic illusions yourself.
How did the masters of magic create their incredible illusions?
Reaching back into the mists of history, this book traces the story of magic back to the times of the Egyptians, and all the way forward.
Behind-the-scenes accounts highlight the careers of the world's greatest magicians, including, Robert-Houdin, Herrmann, Kellar, Blackstone and, of course, Houdini.
In addition, a special section features 150 mystifying tricks, showing you with illustrated, step-by-step instructions, how you can perform each of these wonders."