Vanishing Inc. Magic publishes many books—more, in fact, than any other magic publisher today—and we're proud of all of our titles. But Preserving Mystery is an important book, one that will be studied and discussed long after most books fade into the periphery. We are exceedingly proud of this collection of essays by the inimitable Jamy Ian Swiss, as well as republishing his previous works, Shattering Illusions and Devious Standards. See Jamy talk about his new collection below:
Jamy Ian Swiss is many things to many people: award-winning performer, esteemed lecturer, outspoken critic, erudite historian, pioneering skeptic. But he is, above all, one of magic's most important voices—a lifelong advocate for the art. As a book reviewer and feature writer for Genii magazine for 18 years, and now a reviewer and blogger at the Lyons Den for magicana.com, Mr. Swiss has long provided readers with a fire hose of insight, provocation, and humor, and while his critiques are occasionally scathing, they are invariably earnest. In Preserving Mystery, Swiss turns his focus to the performance of magic, and how to improve and elevate the art and its artists.
Reading Swiss's work, we find ourselves pushing through the boundaries of our field to new terrain. He brings the sensibilities of past masters to the present day, and with wit and personality, he gives us a path to enlightened performance.
Preserving Mystery includes an introduction by New Yorker contributor and best-selling author Adam Gopnik.
For the collectors, Vanishing Inc. has produced a stunning deluxe set of books called "The Works - Deluxe Collection" that also includes a fourth volume NOT AVAILABLE SEPARATELY. The fourth book, Light and Heat, collects the very best of Swiss's book reviews from his heralded Genii column. This special volume is comprised of pieces Jamy and friends handpicked from almost twenty years of bombastic and informative reviews. You can only obtain Light and Heat by purchasing "The Works" deluxe set.
All titles are individually signed and numbered by Jamy Ian Swiss on custom bookplates. The books are bound with a polished, leatherette finish and include a gorgeous matte black slipcase embellished with gold foil stamping.