Palgrave Macmillan & Eugene Burger – Performing Magic on the Western Stage: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (official ebook)

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Performing Magic on the Western Stage examines magic as a performing art and as a meaningful social practice, linking magic to cultural arenas such as religion, finance, gender, and nationality and profiling magicians from Robert-Houdin to Penn & Teller.

Table of Contents:

  • Life magic and staged magic: a hidden intertwining / Lawrence Hass
  • The family romance of modern magic: contesting Robert-Houdin’s cultural legacy in contemporary France / Graham M. Jones
  • Magicians and the magic of Hollywood cinema during the 1920s / Matthew Solomon
  • The body immaterial: magicians’ assistants and the performance of labor / Francesca Coppa
  • Conjuring capital: magic and finance from eighteenth-century London to the new Las Vegas / James Peck
  • The sacred and the sleight of hand in American Indian gaming / Mary Lawlor
  • Outdoing Ching Ling Foo / Christopher Stahl
  • Intersecting illusions: performing magic, disability, and gender / Karen Dearborn
  • Through a glass darkly: magic and religion in Western thought and practice / Susan L. Schwartz
  • Illusions about illusions / Robert E. Neale.