Michael Heath

Magic

Are you staggered and amazed by today’s sleight-of-hand merchants?

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Magic

Noel Daniel (editor)

Taschen, pp. 650, £

Are you staggered and amazed by today’s sleight-of-hand merchants?

Are you staggered and amazed by today’s sleight-of-hand merchants? Perhaps David Blaine surviving in a block of solid ice for months leaves you cold? Or Darren Brown knowing your credit card number has you stifling a yawn? If something is missing from today’s masters of magic it’s not their fault; it’s our assumption that they can get away with anything on television, and that it’s all a con.

Well, to put the magic back into your cynical soul, just look at this amazing collection of photographs and posters from the past. It will revive that tingling feeling that you just can’t figure out how they did it.

If you now look behind your left ear you will find an egg, and inside that egg is a facsimile of this review.