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Victorian Book of Magic

 I do love Victorian art, and the stranger the better. 
Well, this book from 1897 is no exception.
It's entitled "Magic; Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, Including Trick Photography", compiled by Albert A. Hopkins (1869-1939),
and has some great illustrations to wet the ol' magic whistle.


It covers a vast array of performance talents, including disappearing acts, sword swallowing, juggling, shadowography, mental magic and even touches upon Greek history of the art.


I can tell it's already working because my boredom has vanished into thin air...

Here are some of the four hundred illustrations within.
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