captivated mankind for millennia, evoking terror, giggling, shock, and wonder. Once persecuted as heretics and sorcerers, magicians have actually consistently been channels to an identical universe of endless possibility-- whether conjuring up spirits, reading minds, or inverting the legislations of nature by sleight of hand. Lengthy prior to sci-fi, digital facts, computer game and the google, the craft of magic was the most effective fantasy world man had ever understood. As the leaders of special effects throughout history, magicians have actually never ceased to bewilder us by making the difficult possible.
This book commemorates greater than 500 years of the sensational aesthetic society of the world's greatest magicians. Featuring greater than 850 seldom seen vintage posters, photos, handbills, and engravings as well as paints by Hieronymus Bosch and Caravaggio among others, The Big Book of Magic traces the history of magic as an executing fine art from the 1400s to the 1950s. Integrating spectacular pictures will incisive text, the book checks out the evolution of the illusionist's craft, from middle ages street entertainers to the dazzling phase magicians that triggered motion picture special effects; from the 19th century's Golden era of Magic to groundbreaking adventurers like Houdini and the very early 20th century's vaudevillians.
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