Title: Quicker Than the Eye: The Magic and Magicians of the World
Author: John Mulholland
Illustrator: Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge
Description: Stated First Edition. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering. Boards show light fading at edges; cloth at top of spine flares out. Interior is clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is worn and missing the top two-fifths of its spine. DJ in archival sleeve. Three illustrated plated (including color frontispiece). 259 pp. 8.5 x 5.75 inches.
Mulholland's presentation of magic and magicians. He describes the contemporary world of magic in the United States and Europe, and writes about a variety of subjects, including the first magicians in America, books on magic, how people are fooled, magic in eastern Asia and India, magic amongst the Native Americans and Gypsies, and the frauds of fortune-telling. He also provides portraits the great magicians Alexander Herrmann, Harry Houdini, Harry Kellar, Long Tack Sam, and Howard Thurston, as well as describes some of the lesser known amateur practitioners.
John Mulholland (1898-1970) was an American magician. He was a close friend of Harry Houdini and was purported to have studied magic in 42 countries. He began his professional career in 1913 and ran one of the first magic workshops. He served as the editor of the magazine The Sphinx for more than two decades, until 1953, when he left to go work for the CIA. He also wrote a manual on deception and misdirection for the agency which was later published under the title The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception. He served as a Vice President of the Society of American Magicians and was a member of the British Magical Society and the Inner Magic Circle.
Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Fair
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill Co.
Keywords: Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge, prestidigitation, stage magic,
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