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Modern Enchantments

The Cultural Power of Secular Magic

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$34.50 • £27.95 • €31.00

ISBN 9780674013711

Publication Date: 03/01/2004


352 pages

5-3/4 x 9 inches

13 halftones; 1 line illustration


  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Magic History: An Introduction
  • 2. Enchantment and Loss: Theorizing Secular Magic
  • 3. Egg-Bag Tricks and Electricity: The Founding of Modern Commercial Conjuring
  • 4. Magic’s Moment: The Illusion Business
  • 5. From Magic to Film
  • 6. Magic and Literature
  • 7. Magic Places: The Lyceum and the Great Room, Spring Gardens
  • 8. Spiritualism and the Birth of Optical Technologies
  • Notes
  • Index

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