New, cheap edition of Taschen's stupendous "Magic 1400s-1950" book

Back in 2009, I wrote about Taschen's amazing "Magic 1400s-1950s," which presently goes for about $300. Taschen is reissuing the book in a cheaper edition, which'll cost you $42.22 when it comes out on July 1. Here's a review on Crackajack, providing a timely reminder of what a stupendous book this is. And here's what Boing Boing reader Peacelove said about the first edition:

PeaceLove sez, "Cory's recent post mentioning the 'books as objects' phenomenon compels me to mention the extremely delectable new Taschen book, Magic, 1400s-1950s. It's gargantuan, classy, profusely illustrated and expensive but if you are a magician or magic fan, you've just found the perfect holiday gift (hint, hint). Authors Mike Caveney and Jim Steinmeyer, along with contributor Ricky Jay, are all professional magicians, scholars and historians of the first rank. This is a serious work, as well as a gigantic love letter to the 500+ 'golden years' of magic."

Magic. 1400s-1950s (Thanks, Rene!)


  1. Pre-ordered this thing a month ago as soon as I heard.  Strange that some people are missing the fact that this reprint is significantly smaller (by some 14lbs) and the page count is less (probably because the original text was duplicated in multiple languages), but I for one am extremely excited.  The original print has been a “holy grail” book of mine for years, and this one will actually be sized for reading (leaving the gorgeous coffee table ed. as an art piece if I can ever score one.)

  2. I bought this book as a present to myself when I got my first book deal (I wrote the YA fantasy Pantomime which came out a few months ago) because the sequel deals with magicians. Totally worth the money–one of the most beautiful books I have the pleasure of owning, and full with a wealth of information and incredible prints of lithographic posters. The essays are very good, and I recommend Jim Steinmeyer’s other books, too, like Hiding the Elephant, which shows actual diagrams behind some of the illusions made famous by Robert Houdin.

    Taschen also have a circus book, which I bought for Pantomime. A little smaller (and a lot cheaper) but just as wonderful.

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