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Illusionology reveals the practical science of magic. Purportedly written in 1915 by one of America's top scientists, William Schafer, the book is an expose of the tricks of the masters for new initiates of the Illusionists' Guild. As well as revealing inside info about many famous tricks - levitating a lady, making things disappear and mind-reading, among others - and providing instructions, it gives explanations of the science that makes the magic possible. In the course of the book, we learn that Schafer has been perfecting a machine that exploits 'radiant matter' to effect the full dematerialization of a person. On the final spread, Schafer tries out the invention - and is never seen again!
|Publication date:||1st March 2012|
Emily Hawkins is a children's author who loves making complicated things easy to understand. She has written more than 40 books about all sorts of things, from cars, trains and ships to dinosaurs, magic tricks and mathematics. Her work has been featured on the New York Times bestseller list (Oceanology, 2009) as well as winning the Children's Travel Book of the Year Award (Atlas of Animal Adventures, 2016), and being shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award (Rainbow Fun, 2008). Emily holds a first-class English degree from Nottingham University, and lives in Winchester with her young family.More About Emily Hawkins
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