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Presents a story of the Golden Age of magic and of the world's legendary magicians: the personalities who patented the first ghost and competed fiendishly in the race to make things materialize, levitate and disappear. This book is the masterwork of a man who has dedicated his life to magic, who knows the tricks inside out, and still believes.
Jim Steinmeyer has designed illusions for David Copperfield, Ricky Jay, Siegfried & Roy and Orson Welles, and for six Broadway shows including The Beauty and the Beast. A consultant for a six-part BBC documentary on the history of magic and producer of a Channel 4 documentary, he designed the illusions for Richard Eyre's Mary Poppins and is a contributing editor of Magic magazine.