Magic Papers - Conjuring Ephemera, 1890-1960

CentreCentre, ISBN 9781916412149,
Pb, 160 pgs, 24 x 34cm
Acqn. 30764
In Stock

£30.00
A celebration of a bygone era of magic publishing, Magic Papers is a look behind the curtain into the magic community and the many rival publishers vying for the attention of magicians. The hundreds of pieces featured are packed with flamboyant custom lettering, sensational language and mystifying illustrations. Magic is largely a solitary endeavour, but the channels of its tips and tricks had a little known heyday around a hundred years ago. That golden era circulated secrets in printed matter packed with flamboyant custom lettering, sensational language and mystifying illustrations — largely made by and for its own community, compiled and consumed by dedicated practitioners and hobbyists. Often unregulated and infrequently archived beyond private collections, these magic papers collided with cults of personality, unshakable passion, and a thirst for notoriety. The book features a huge assembly of printed material from the collection of Philip David Treece, a magic expert dedicated to preserving a golden era of magic publishing. This collection celebrates journals, periodicals, books and other ephemera created for the magic community between 1890 and 1960.