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Abracadabra: The Story of Magic Through The Ages


Abracadabra: The Story of Magic Through The Ages

Magic. The word conjures up so many images: rabbits being pulled from empty hats, things disappearing into thin air and people being sawed in half. Just about everyone likes magic, don’t they? I know I do.

Author HP Newquist tells the story of magic in eight chapters, starting with the oracles of ancient Egyptand ending with modern day magicians like Criss Angel. At the end of each chapter, he includes secrets about eight different magic tricks. He provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions for some of them, like Cups and Balls, where you make it look like three balls pass through three solid cups. I really liked these examples, although it felt a bit like cheating to learn how the tricks were done! He ends the book with an Epilogue, an Author’s Note, Research Recommendations and an Acknowledgements page.

It’s obvious the author did his homework. 

Because I like magic and always wondered how some magic tricks are performed, I was happy to have the opportunity to review this book. It’s obvious the author did his homework as he does a thorough job explaining the history of magic. He mentioned some magicians I wasn’t familiar with, including Buchinger, who was born in Germanyin 1674 with no arms and no legs and went on become a well-known magician in his time. He is still considered one of the all-time great magicians.

I recommend this book to those who are intrigued by magic and magicians and for all who like history and non-fiction. Perhaps it will inspire some young people to explore the world of magic.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on November 17, 2015

Abracadabra: The Story of Magic Through The Ages
by HP Newquist

  • Publication Date: August 8, 2017
  • Genres: Children's 9-13, Magic
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • ISBN-10: 1250115396
  • ISBN-13: 9781250115393