Prepare to Be Amazed

Prepare to Be Amazed

The Geniuses of Modern Magic

Book - 2005
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Presents a short history of magic as told through lives of famous magicians, from Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin in the mid-1800s to Siegfried and Roy and David Copperfield.

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The story of modern magic through the lives of recent history's most gifted magicians

While the art of magic may be as old as human beings, its golden age arrived in the mid-1800s when Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin performed onstage in a tailored evening suit and tidy haircut. The image of magicians was forever transformed.

Houdin was famous for his thrilling act of Second Sight, where his blindfolded son would identify articles held up by the audience. Other artists had their own specialties:

  • Adelaide Herrmann, first woman to run her own magic show, brought the fun and flash of show business
  • Chung Ling Soo, an American who led a double life as a dazzling Chinese conjuror
  • The Great Lafayette, a flamboyant quick-change artist
  • P.C. Sorcar revived the ancient traditions of his native India
  • Harry Blackstone performed small magic -- simple tricks by sleight of hand
  • Doug Henning revived the popularity of modern magic
  • Siegfried and Roy combined special-effects technology with natural magic
  • David Copperfield uses cutting-edge technology to create powerful stage illusions.

After each magician's story, kids will find great tricks they can learn, and they'll love the full-color reproductions of theatrical posters and photographs that capture all the excitement.


Biographies the great stage magicians, beginning in the mid-1800s with Robert-Houdin, through Houdini to the modern masters like David Copperfield. After each magician's story are tricks kids can learn, and color reproductions of theatrical posters.

Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2005
ISBN: 9781550379273
1550379275
Branch Call Number: J 793.80922 Sch
Characteristics: 78 p. : col. ill

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