Author(s): Mike Caveney
Special effects: A visual history of magic, from the Middle Ages to modernity Magic has captivated humankind for millennia. Whether invoking spirits, reading minds, or inverting the laws of nature, the magician s hand has evoked terror, laughter, shock, and amazement. Long before science fiction, virtual realities, video games and the Internet, magic was the ultimate world of fantasy and possibility.This book celebrates more than 500 years of the visual culture of magic. Through vintage posters, photographs, handbills, and engravings as well as paintings by the likes of Hieronymus Bosch and Caravaggio among others, it traces the history and representation of magic as a performing art from medieval street performers to masters of twentieth century vaudeville.About the series:
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