Perspectives on Magic: A book about the science of conjuring

Perspectives on Magic: Scientific Views on Theatrical MagicWhen watching a magician the question that is most pressing on people’s minds is how did he do it?

This question is not the only one that can be asked of a magic performance. Psychologists might ask why it is possible that the mind can be deceived, occupational therapists are interested in how performing magic tricks can help people with physical disabilities and sociologists research the subculture of magicians.

This book explores the questions that scholars from different fields of science have asked about the performances of magicians. For magicians, this book provides new perspectives on their performance art. For people with only a passive interest in magic, this book gives an insight into a quaint performance art that is surrounded in secrecy and clichés.

Perspectives on Magic discusses the following questions:

  1. Introduction: How can we define theatrical magic?
  2. The Science of Magic: How does magic relate to science?
  3. The Art of Magic: Is magic a performance art?
  4. Magic Networks: What is it like to be a magician?
  5. The History of Magic: What role did magicians play in history?
  6. The Power of Magic: What is the practical use of conjuring?
  7. The Magic of Teaching: What can we learn from magic tricks?
  8. The Deception of Magic: How can we be so easily deceived?
  9. The Future of Magic: Will magic eventually become obsolete?
  10. Epilogue: What is the science of magic?

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Perspectives on Magic Reviews

George Parker review (Dutch)George Parker from the Netherlands in the Dutch magazine Informagie:

“The book can be compared to a museum guide. Prevos guides the reader pleasantly through many aspects of theatrical magic … The extensive bibliography alone is worth the purchase… the book is a great starting point, but also provides advanced students with a starting point for further study.”

Review by Tom Stevens

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