Mike Caveney – 100 Years of Sawing


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A captivating exploration of magic’s most iconic illusion. We’re thrilled to be the only magic shop in the world with the exclusive rights to bring you this amazing book.

Created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first public performance of the Sawing a Woman in Half Illusion in 1921, 100 years of Sawing is one of the most comprehensive looks at this legendary illusion ever published. You’ll get a firsthand look at this iconic illusion’s rise to prominence as one of the most popular attractions in all of show business, as well as the eventual war it ignited among magic’s biggest names on stages around the world. It is a fascinating tale filled with thievery, backstage intrigue, unhinged egos, and a myriad of lawsuits.

This incredible book was written by one of magic’s premiere historians Mike Caveney, who is also a leading expert on this illustrious illusion. In addition to dedicating more than a year and a half to researching and writing this book, Mike has been collecting Sawing a Woman in Half memorabilia for more than 50 years.

There are 440 pages and 50 color photographs printed on luxurious, heavy art matte paper. Each copy of 100 Years of Sawing also has a full-color dust jacket and printed end sheets.

“‘Sawing’ is one of the most gorgeous, readable, well-researched, interesting, informative, and fun magic books ever published.” John Lovick

“I just finished reading ‘One Hundred Years of Sawing’ and had to write to tell you that I think it’s a masterpiece– absorbing from beginning to end, gorgeously illustrated and impressive in scope. It is obvious that you have spent a lifetime pursuing the story, and I am grateful that you have shared your journey with the rest of us.”Michael Claxton

“I just finished reading every single word of ‘Sawing.’ You’ve written some pretty amazing books, but this one may take the cake. It is absolutely brilliant and I could not put it down. I learned so much and was beyond entertained throughout. Thank you, thank you, thank you for devoting such a significant part of your life to creating this instant classic.”Andy Lansing

“The book is fabulous. There’s never been one like it: the history of an effect, placed in historical context complete with biographies of those involved. One would not expect, for example, to find a thorough but concise expose’ of the business end of vaudeville, but there it was. It takes a lot of work to produce ‘effortless’ prose, and you’ve mastered that. I also found something every two or three pages that made me laugh out loud. So, congratulations on a monumental achievement.”Martin Preston

9in x 12in | Hardcover (w/ Dust Jacket) | 440 Pages | Full Color