Treasures of the Rare Books Room: Magic, 1400s - 1950s

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Magic experts Mike Caveney and Jim Steinmeyer write about the history of all types of magic and conjuring in this gigantic book, Magic, 1400s - 1950s, donated to the Milwaukee Public Library by the Schlitz Audubon Center. Each chapter has a complete English, German and French translation, with gorgeous engravings, lithographs and photographs throughout.

The book explains that magicians' illusions started with card tricks, disappearing and reappearing objects, and seemingly endless scarfs. Later magicians' baffling skills excelled to sawing women in half, speaking with spirits, manipulating fire, and transforming people into animals. One of the greatest achievements, making people levitate, was accomplished by only the best magicians. And, of course, the book would not be complete if it didn't cover Houdini's career and popular grand escapes.

To view this item, please call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to arrange a visit.

Valerie @ Central

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