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Conjuring Paperback – October 15, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312097719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312097714
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,955,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Seth A. Koehler on October 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
... I bought this book about six or seven years ago after reading it at the library. It is honestly one of the best books EVER written on the subject. The people that didn't like it were expecting James Randi to give out the secrets of magic, which understandably (and I believe correctly), he does not do because of the nature of his profession. I agree with him not to give out the secrets of many years of hard work, and commend him on his knowledge of magic, both past and present.
This book is meant as a history of the craft and not as a "learn magic tricks book". If you would care to look at the cover of the book, in not so small print it states "Being a Definitive History of the Venerable Arts of Sorcery, Prestidigitation, Wizardry, etc.." In no place on the cover does it mention learning magic tricks or revealing the secrets of the trade.
So please, for all the conjurers, magic historians, and anyone else who enjoys the craft in this world. You CAN learn about magic and enjoy this book immensely. I think it's safe to say that you will.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Gould on April 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
There are no tricks in this book, but lots of great information about magic and magicians. It is beautifully illustrated to boot.
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By A Careful Reader on September 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
The other day I picked up my old, worn copy of Randi James' marvelous, witty history of magic and detailed in his arch raconteuring about the profession that I once knew so well. The book endures. And that--poof!--is all.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent, well written book by James Randi. I recommend any of Randi's other books they have all also been great reading so far. He is a master at debunking frauds like uri geller, someones gotta do it.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dag Vaula on August 22, 2010
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The Amazing Randi is an amazingly versatile and knowledgable writer, conjuror and critic of pseudoscience and supernatural claims. His history of the honorable profession of conjuring is full of interesting material, but the presentation is somewhat disorderly and in parts repetitive. It looks like Randi wanted to present his wonderful stuff under all aspects at once - chronological, geographical, typological, personal etc - and this method simply does not work well. For all this, the book is very interesting and worth it's price.
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More About the Author

James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge; August 7, 1928) is a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Randi began his career as a magician, as The Amazing Randi, but after retiring at age 60, he began investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims, which he collectively calls "woo-woo." Although often referred to as a "debunker," Randi rejects that title owing to its perceived bias, instead describing himself as an "investigator." He has written about the paranormal, skepticism, and the history of magic. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and was occasionally featured on the television program Penn & Teller: Bullshit!.


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