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Published: 01 October 2018

288 Pages | 16pp. colour plate section + two 8pp. b/w plate sections

5.4x8.4 inches

ISBN: 9780190914394

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Empire of Enchantment

The Story of Indian Magic

John Zubrzycki

  • Tells the extraordinary--and previously untold--tale of how Indian magic descended from the realm of the gods to become a popular amusement for the masses around the globe
  • Explores how Indian jugglers, yogis, and fakirs infiltrated the world of Western illusionists, including the likes of P.T. Barnum, and made their lasting mark
  • Heavily illustrated history drawing on a wide range of sources, including ancient religious texts, early travelers' accounts, and magicians' own testimony