History of magic

David Copperfield, 1956-

Book - 2021

"An illustrated, illuminating history of magic from the world's greatest and most successful magician, capturing its most audacious and inventive practitioners, and showcasing the art form's most famous artifacts housed at David Copperfield's secret museum"--

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Genres
Biographies
Illustrated works
Published
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster 2021.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xii, 256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-248) and index.
ISBN
9781982112912
1982112913
Main Author
David Copperfield, 1956- (author)
Other Authors
Richard (Richard John) Wiseman, 1966- (author), David Britland, 1958- (photographer), Homer Liwag
  • Secrets of the conjurors revealed : Reginald Scot's The discoverie of witchcraft
  • The pastry chef : Robert-Houdin's magical automata
  • Prestidigitation and the presidency : Wyman the Wizard's cap and pence -
  • Will, the witch, and the watchman : John Nevil Maskelyne's trunk
  • The man who knows : Alexander's turban
  • "P" is for private : Professor Hoffmann's notebook
  • This is my wife : Buatier de Kolta's expanding die
  • We're off to see the wizard : Harry Kellar's nest of boxes
  • The queen of magic : Adelaide Herrmann's dress
  • The palace of magic : Martinka's theatre
  • Author unknown : The expert at the card table
  • Notes on steam engines, pumps, boilers hydraulic, and other machinery : Max Malini's peculiar paraphernalia
  • Condemned to death by the Boxers : Chung Ling Soo's gun
  • Escaping mortality : the Houdini collection
  • The magician who made himself disappear : Howard Thurston's disembodied princess
  • Lighter than air : Okito's floating ball
  • Divided : Dante's sawing illusion
  • Free rabbits : the Harry Blackstone collection
  • The suave deceiver : Cardini's tuxedo, monocle, and playing cards
  • The human index : Arthur Lloyd's gown, mortarboard, and cards
  • If they don't know you, they can't book you : Dell O'Dell's guillotine
  • In pursuit of perfection : Channing Pollock's vanishing bird cage
  • Blood on the curtain : Richiardi's buzz saw
  • The man who fooled Houdini : Dai Vernon's dead list
  • The mystery box : Tannen's magic store
  • The magic in your mind : Al Koran's medallion
  • The magician who believed in real magic : Doug Henning's costume and metamorphosis trunk
  • On the shoulders of giants : David Copperfield's death saw.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Not precisely a history of magic, this beautifully illustrated book is actually an armchair tour through Copperfield's vast International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, which the famed stage magician assembled piece by piece, almost entirely in secret, over a period of more than 30 years. In taking us through his collection, Copperfield introduces some of the key people in the history of magic. Here, for example, is Reginald Scot, whose sixteenth-century book The Discoverie of Witchcraft (in which Scot revealed the secrets of some popular illusions) may have played a key role in the shift away from a belief in witchcraft and the eventual end to witch hunts, though not until after the Salem witchcraft trials in the late-seventeenth century. Here's John Nevil Maskelyne, whose technique of presenting stage illusions within a narrative framework inspired the early filmmaker Georges Méliès to incorporate special effects into his movies. Here's Adelaide Herrmann, "magic's first female headliner," who conquered vaudeville and inspired countless young women. The names in this book—Houdini, Henning, Blackstone, Thurston, Kellar—constitute a veritable Who's Who of magic, and there is no one more qualified to talk about them, and the wonderful illusions they crafted, than Copperfield. For fans of magic, either its history or its present, the book is absolutely compelling, an unputdownable must-read. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

One of the greatest illusionists of all time, with 21 Emmy Awards he'll never let vanish, Copperfield here chronicles 28 magicians who greatly influenced the art. He starts with a 16th-century magistrate who wrote the first book on the subject, moves up to a trickster to tricked Houdini, and ends with a woman who caught bullets in her teeth. With a 150,000-copy first printing and more than 100 never-before-seen photographs. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"An illustrated, illuminating history of magic from the world's greatest and most successful magician, capturing its most audacious and inventive practitioners, and showcasing the art form's most famous artifacts housed at David Copperfield's secret museum"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The legendary illusionist profiles twenty-eight of the world’s most groundbreaking magicians, with over 100 never-before-seen photographs of artifacts from his Museum of Magic including Houdini’s straightjackets and handcuffs and Dante’s sawing-in-half apparatus. 150,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An illustrated, illuminating insight into the world of illusion from the world’s greatest and most successful magician, capturing its audacious and inventive practitioners, and showcasing the art form’s most famous artifacts housed at David Copperfield’s secret museum.In this personal journey through a unique and remarkable performing art, David Copperfield profiles twenty-eight of the world’s most groundbreaking magicians. From the 16th-century magistrate who wrote the first book on conjuring to the roaring twenties and the man who fooled Houdini, to the woman who levitated, vanished, and caught bullets in her teeth, David Copperfield’s History of Magic takes you on a wild journey through the remarkable feats of the greatest magicians in history.These magicians were all outsiders in their own way, many of them determined to use magic to escape the strictures of class and convention. But they all transformed popular culture, adapted to social change, discovered the inner workings of the human mind, embraced the latest technological and scientific discoveries, and took the art of magic to unprecedented heights. The incredible stories are complimented by over 100 never-before-seen photographs of artifacts from Copperfield’s exclusive Museum of Magic, including a 16th-century manual on sleight of hand, Houdini’s straightjackets, handcuffs, and water torture chamber, Dante’s famous sawing-in-half apparatus, Alexander’s high-tech turban that allowed him to read people’s minds, and even some coins that may have magically passed through the hands of Abraham Lincoln.By the end of the book, you’ll be sure to share Copperfield’s passion for the power of magic.