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Marvellous Magicians

The greatest magicians of all time!

Lydia Corry


Step right up for a glimpse of the most marvellous magicians of all time — from Adelaide Herrmann, one of the first female magicians, to the magnificent Harry Houdini himself!

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Sensational facts about eight master magicians practically levitate off the page in this enchanting collection. Experience the thrill of sword-eating, the mystery of the disappearing duck, and one incredible illusionist who can snatch bullets out of midair! No magician will ever reveal her secrets, but you may just learn how a few pulled off their most famous tricks…

Young magicians-in-training will appreciate features on 'A Magician’s Toolbox' and 'The Eight Effects of Magic', and breathtaking watercolour illustrations from author-illustrator Lydia Corry bring magic to life in this astonishing book.

BRONZE award winner, Books for Children 5-8 years old category, Made for Mums Awards 2021

BRONZE award winner, Junior Design Awards, 'Best Designed / Illustrated Book For Children' category


'A survey of the great conjurors from the golden age of stage magic, Corry’s book details their lives and their most celebrated tricks - without, of course, giving away any trade secrets - and would make a terrific primer for any youngster thinking about becoming an illusionist'
Financial Times

'Looks incredible'

'Who doesn’t love a bit of magic?'

'A stunning cover and pages to pore over'
Eleonore Crompton, Contributing Editor, Junior

'A beautifully presented book that lives up to the amazing magicians inside'
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 48 pp

Illustrations: 33

Publication date: 17 September 2020

ISBN: 9780500652213

Contents List

The Art of Illusion • It's Show Time! • Automatons • The Chess Player • Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin • Richard Potter • Harry Kellar • Long Tack Sam • A Magician's Toolbox • Adelaide Hermann • Harry Houdini • Howard Thurston • More Marvellous Magicians • Dante • The Art of the Magician's Assistant • Guarding Magical Secrets • Magic Today • Becoming a Magician • The Eight Effects of Magic

About the Author

Lydia Corry is a British illustrator based in Brighton who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2009. Her dynamic and rich illustrations are all painted by hand in a mixture of watercolour, ink and gouache. She is the illustrator of Eight Princesses and the Magic Mirror (Zephyr) by Natasha Farrant.

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