Abracadabra: The Story of Magic Through the Ages by H. P. Newquist


Abracadabra: The Story of Magic Through the Ages by H. P. Newquist

Magic is a word we use to describe something amazing, awe-inspiring, or spectacular. Truly great magic makes us believe in things we know can't be real. In the hands of the greatest magicians, even a simple card trick can become truly wondrous. Now, in this nonfiction narrative of magic through the ages, HP Newquist explains how the world's most famous tricks were created. From the oracles of ancient Egypt and the wizards of medieval Europe on to the exploits of Houdini and modern practitioners like Criss Angel, this book unlocks the secrets behind centuries of magic and illusion. Fully illustrated and including step-by-step instructions for eight classic magic tricks, this book will have middle-grade readers spellbound.


Fledgling magicians will be spellbound.

School Library Journal on Abracadabra A must-have book for every boy adventurer. Jon Scieszka on For Boys Only This graphically fresh and topically diverse collection should capture the imagination of its target audience. Publishers Weekly on For Boys Only [Newquist] seamlessly moves among exploration of history, mythology, film, literature and scientific discovery. Kirkus Reviews on Here There Be Monsters An attractive, informative book on an underrepresented topic. Booklist on Here There Be Monsters Detailed and informative . . . the hardcore science is balanced with anecdotes that will capture student interest. School Library Journal on The Great Brain Book

About the Author

HP Newquist is the author of more than a dozen books for both children and adults, including For Boys Only and This Will Kill You. He has written hundreds of magazine articles and several documentaries, covering topics from medicine to music. He spends his time exploring the world and researching books with his wife and two daughters.

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176 pages


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Publication date

19th November 2015



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