Chicago Magic: A History of Stagecraft and Spectacle

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By the end of America's "Golden Age of Magic," Chicago had taken center stage in front of an American audience drawn to the craft by the likes of Harry Houdini and Howard Thurston. Cashing in on a craze that rivaled big-band mania, magic shops and clubs sprang up everywhere across the Windy City, packed in customers and put down roots. Over the last century, for example, Magic, Inc. has outfitted magicians from Harry Blackstone Sr. to Penn and Teller to David Copperfield. Magic was an integral part of Chicago's culture, from its earliest venture into live television to the card sharps and hucksters lurking in its amusement parks and pool halls. David Witter keeps track of the shell game of Chicago's fascinating magic history from its vaudeville circuit to its contemporary resurgence.
ISBN: 9781626191273
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Images: 36
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
David Witter is a Chicago historian and author of the book Oldest Chicago. Also a freelance writer and photographer, Witter is a regular contributor to New City and Fra Noi.
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