Magic

A Beginner's Guide

LIST PRICE $5.99
PRICE MAY VARY BY RETAILER

About The Book

The mysterious art of magic has been a source of wonderment since before the time of Christ. Shape shifting between the supernatural practices of 'real' magic and demonstrations of dazzling illusion, magic has been used to conjure the evil eye, burn villages to the ground, slice women in half, and save men from being crushed to death by five tonnes of cement. Robert Ralley's history takes us deep into this magical underworld to reveal the astounding stories of some of the world's greatest magicians. From the astrology of the three wise men to Harry Houdini's escapology, and David Blain's endurance tests, Ralley illustrates the changing perceptions of magic and the dangerous balance between illusion, fraud, and devilry that still exists today.

About The Author

Robert Ralley is a Research Associate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. Ralley lives in Ely, near Cambridge, England.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (December 1, 2012)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780741666

Browse Related Books

Raves and Reviews

"A solid overview of a very complex subject, Ralley turns to history, sociology, religious studies, and anthopology to demonstrate that the various definitions and understandings of magic have always resisted easy categorization."

– Michael Ryan - Assistant Professor of History, Perdue University

Resources and Downloads

High Resolution Images

More books in this series: Beginner's Guides