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Tricks, Illusion, Tesla, And Existential Dread
By Christopher Priest
First printing of the tale of a decades-long feud between two magicians at the turn of the 20th century.
Fine in fine jacket.
"The third state is sometimes called the effect, or the prestige, and this is the product of magic."
Priest's novel plays with questions of illusions and technology that are tricks of the magician's trade (along with a cameo appearance by Nikola Tesla) to examine larger existential questions lying hidden beneath the glamor. Made into a major motion picture with Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in 2006. An excellent copy of one of the great novels of early 20th-century magic.
London: Touchstone, (1995). 9.5'' x 6.5''. Original textured black paper boards, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped (£15.99) blue pictorial dust jacket using photograph by Holly Warburton. , 404 pages.
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