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Trade of the Tricks: Inside the Magician's Craft

Graham Jones


From risqué cabaret performances to engrossing after-hours shop talk, this book offers an unprecedented look inside the secretive subculture of modern magicians. Entering the flourishing Paris magic scene as an apprentice, the author gives a first-hand account of how magicians learn to perform their astonishing deceptions. The book follows the day-to-day lives of some of France's most renowned performers, revealing not only how secrets are created and shared, but also how they are stolen and destroyed. In a book brimming with humor and surprise, the author shows how today's magicians marshal c ... More

Keywords: modern magic, magicians, Paris, queer magic, female magicians, secrets, deception, France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520270466
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520270466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graham Jones, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology