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The Magician
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Hi all, (sorry if I posted this in the wrong place). I am keen to study and learn more about magic and magicians from centuries gone by and what I would like to know is can anyone recommend any good books on the history of magic please? Thanks.
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For a look on the art of magic from its early inception till the present try:
  • Todd Karrs reprint of Clarke's Annals of Conjuring
  • Milbourne Christopher's The Illustrated History of Magic
  • An Illustrated History of White Magic before Robert-Houdin by Fanch Guillemin
For a good overview of nineteenth and early twentieth century conjuring try:
  • The Great Illusionists by Edwin Dawes
  • Hiding the Elephant by Jim Steinmeyer
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Milbourne Christopher's Panorama of Magic is also a good source. It is very visual and has all the classic posters and ads.
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I'll second Hiding the Elephant. Great read!
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YOu may find these sites interesting as well:

Have a nice journey!
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Herwe is another good link:
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The "magic Lineage project" is another interesting link. It's trying record the ealiest known reference to as many tricks, effects and gimmicks as possible.
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Congratualtions in wanting to study and learn something that so few magicians of late seem to want to do. It is a very important part of ones education in magic to study it's origins as well as it's progression through time.

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Paul Alberstat
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