The Secret History of Magic - Book
A history of people from humble roots who made and lost fortunes and deceived kings and queens. In order to survive, they concealed many secrets, yet they revealed some and they stole others. The authors reveal how this was done, and why magic matters in a world that no longer seems to have a place for it, but which desperately needs a sense of wonder. Illus.
-Neil Patrick Harris
“Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont take the reader on a rollicking journey from the dawn of civilization to the present. This magnificent history of magic goes beyond all others in marrying the evolution of that ancient art to the evolution of science, technology, philosophy, and myth. It shows how magic has mirrored all of these, yet stayed a step ahead in its capacity to inspire wonder.”
-John McLaughlin, Former Deputy Director and Acting Director of the CIA
Praise for Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont
"Dr. Lamont is the perfect guide for this trip into the world of smoke and mirrors … A riveting yarn, full of quirky stories and wisdom about our need for mystery"
"Steinmeyer's combination of enthusiasm and erudition is a joy."
"Steinmeyer writes about events a century ago as vividly as if he had been there."
-Teller, Penn and Teller, The New York Times Book Review
"Lamont’s dry, irrepressible sense of humour suffuses and subverts this wonderfully entertaining book."
"Steinmeyer is the ideal host, introducing us to a fascinating stranger, and sliding into the background...Here is a storyteller with a glint in his eye. Pull up a chair, you won't be disappointed."
-Mark Stafford, Times of London
"Peter Lamont has conjured up a magical read."
"Peter Lamont’s shrewd and often very funny book distils the perplexities of an age … this is a serious and thought-provoking book about how we witness and interpret the world."
-Hilary Mantel, Man Booker Prize winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
"There is no greater expert on the history of stage magicians than Jim Steinmeyer."
-Neil Patrick Harris
"Lamont disentangles the gargantuan knot of lies and sets the record straight with a joyful vengeance ... that's just the way I like my historians."
In the world of magic, the secret is told when the trick is sold. Accordingly, Magic Inc. has a strict no-refund policy. Thus, once you receive an item, you have access to the secrets included, and that is not something that we can get back from you. For this reason, we do not issue refunds and we do not exchange product that is in working order. However, if the merchandise should be defective, we will gladly replace it with a non-defective version of the same trick. No exceptions.
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