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Great Illusionists

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Great Illusionists
AuthorEdwin Dawes
PublisherChartwell Books, Inc.
Publication Date1979

Reviewed in Genii 1980 May

The book states:

By the use of splendid and often unique illustrations of prints, playbills and memorabilia, coupled with a constantly entertaining narrative, this book traces the history of conjuring and illusion through the lives and achievements of the finest practitioners of the art, conjurers whose names have, in many cases, become legend".


  • In the Beginning
  • The Learned Animals
  • Bags, Bubbles and Bottles
  • The Phenomena
  • The Conjuring Quacks
  • Laughing Gas
  • Phantasmagoric Professors
  • The Jewish Connexion
  • Wizards From The North
  • Science Et La Prestidigitation
  • They Also Conjured
  • Egypt and the Sphinx
  • Maskelyne & Cooke, Royal Illusionists
  • The Great Gun Trick
  • Sounds, Shadows and Shackles
  • Epilogue
  • References and Notes
  • Index
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