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Author: David Britland, David Copperfield, Richard Wiseman Narrator: Feodor Chin, David Copperfield Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: October 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781797131450

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An illustrated, illuminating insight into the world of illusion from the world’s greatest and most successful magician, capturing its audacious and inventive practitioners, and showcasing the art form’s most famous artifacts housed at David Copperfield’s secret museum.

In this personal journey through a unique and remarkable performing art, David Copperfield profiles twenty-eight of the world’s most groundbreaking magicians. From the 16th-century magistrate who wrote the first book on conjuring to the roaring twenties and the man who fooled Houdini, to the woman who levitated, vanished, and caught bullets in her teeth, David Copperfield’s History of Magic takes you on a wild journey through the remarkable feats of the greatest magicians in history.

These magicians were all outsiders in their own way, many of them determined to use magic to escape the strictures of class and convention. But they all transformed popular culture, adapted to social change, discovered the inner workings of the human mind, embraced the latest technological and scientific discoveries, and took the art of magic to unprecedented heights.

The incredible stories are complimented by over 100 never-before-seen photographs of artifacts from Copperfield’s exclusive Museum of Magic, including a 16th-century manual on sleight of hand, Houdini’s straightjackets, handcuffs, and water torture chamber, Dante’s famous sawing-in-half apparatus, Alexander’s high-tech turban that allowed him to read people’s minds, and even some coins that may have magically passed through the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

By the end of the book, you’ll be sure to share Copperfield’s passion for the power of magic.

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  • “For fans of magic, either its history or its present, the book is absolutely compelling, an unputdownable must-read.”

    - Booklist (starred review)

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About the Author

Richard Wiseman has gained an international reputation for research into diverse areas of psychology, including deception, success, and luck. He was described in Scientific American magazine as “one of the most innovative experimental psychologists in the world today.” His books, including 59 Seconds, The Luck Factor, and Quirkology, have sold more than three million copies worldwide. He has presented keynote addresses to the Swiss Economic Forum, Google, and elsewhere, and his YouTube videos have been viewed more than 500 million times. His work has made the front page of the Londonn Guardian, New Scientist, and the New Yorker. He holds Britain’s only professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

About the Narrators

Feodor Chin, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an actor classically trained at the American Conservatory Theater and UCLA. His acting career includes numerous credits in film, television, theater, and voice-over.

David Copperfield has been hailed by critics as the greatest illusionist of our time. He was described by Forbes magazine as the most commercially successful magician in history. He has won twenty-one Emmy Awards, was the first living illusionist to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was named a Living Legend by the United States Library of Congress.