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Sachs, ran Professor Hoffmann a close second in writing a comprehensive and up-to-date English text on magic. Like Hoffmann, his work first appeared serially in a London periodical, Bazaar, and was later produced in book form. Sachs' Sleight-of-Hand was published in 1877, one year after Modern Magic, and in certain respects it is a more readable and, in places, genuinely witty work. Sachs' level of technical writing, however, waxed and waned. Most times his...

The Discoverie ofWitchcraft

The written history ofWestern conjuring, and consequendy close-up magic, begins with a French book, La Premi re Partie des Subtiles et Plaisantes Inventions The First Part of Subtle and Pleasant Inventions , by Jean Pr vost, published in 1584. Dr. Persi Diaconis is presendy working with a friend on an eageriy awaited English translation of this work. Pr vost's book predates Scot's The Discoverie of Witchcraft by weeks or months it is not known precisely how long, as Pr vost's book was published...