The Art of Magic
by Carl Waldman and Joe Layden with Jamy Ian Swiss
The Companion to the US PBS TV Special
HB 256 pp First published 1997
GPG Inc. LA. ISBN 1-57544-036-9
Published to accompany the US TV special this large format book is beautifully illustrated with poster reproductions, magician's publicity photographs, and artwork from the Kenneth Klosterman Collection.
Starting with the magic of the Shamans it continues with Magic of The Temple Priests, Conjuring in the Dark Ages, The Mysteries of the East, Pioneers of Theatrical Magic, Fathers of Modern Magic, Spiritualism, Masters of Illusion, Escapology, Mentalism, Manipulation, through to Las Vegas, and a look at the current state of the art.
The Art of Magic offers a worthwhile look into the fascinating history of magic. I found the visual content stronger than the written, but overall it's a very enjoyable book.
Available from: Amazon.co.uk
© Duncan Trillo, July 2000