February 15, 2017

The history of magic

Abracadabra: The Story of Magic Through the Ages
by H.P. Newquist

Newquist traces the history of magic through medieval times to the present day, revealing the secrets behind many famous illusions. He shows how the advent of science and television helped magicians in fooling and dazzling their audiences. He also provides more complete magician biographies, and includes instructions for eight magic tricks for readers to try. Two aren’t feasible (the levitation and zigzag tricks) and two ought to have come with pictures (the disappearing knot and toothpick tricks), but kids should get the general idea.

Best for ages 10 and up.

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