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Decker
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What is the best book on the history of magic from a conjuring point of view and why?

I don't mean a book that has some history, I am looking for a real historical look at magic that goes way back but Im hoping to find a book that was written by a conjuror who knows something of how all of it ties into modern conjuring. Any leads?
"He had alot to say... He had alot of nothing to say..." --MJK
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Memoirs of Robert Houdin?
I would, however contest that there is in REALITY very little pportunity to perform what could actually be termed "close-up" magic.
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Mark Rough
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Magic and Meaning, Eugene Burger and Bob Neale
Annuls of Magic (?), Sydney Clarke
The Illustrated History of Magic, Milbourne Christopher

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John Smetana
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I would suggest the Milbourne Christopher book as the best place to start. You may also want to consider Panorama of Magic, another one by Christopher.

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John Smetana
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