David Copperfield's History of Magic

Book by Richard Wiseman, David Britland and David Copperfield
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David Copperfield's History of Magic

35.00 usd

Book by Richard Wiseman, David Britland and David Copperfield (35.00)

In stock.

A captivating and enlightening exploration of the history of magic, illusion and conjuring.

Despite being one of most influential, if not THE most influential, magicians to ever live, David Copperfield has never lost sight of the fact that magic is an art that stands on the shoulders of giants. His passion for the history of magic and ensuring each new generation recognizes the greats who came before us makes him the perfect captain for this journey through the fascinating world of deception.

With help from fellow magicians Richard Wiseman and David Britland, Copperfield chronicles 28 different groundbreaking magicians that helped transform magic from simple feats of trickery into a beloved and respected form of entertainment. From Reginald Scot introducing the world to conjuring with The Discoverie of Witchcraft to Dai Vernon (a.k.a “The Man Who Fooled Houdini”) revolutionizing the possibilities of close-up magic to the woman who proved magic is not just a man’s world by levitating and catching bullets between her teeth, David Copperfield’s “History of Magic” is an exciting look back at the remarkable evolution of magic.

Like many magicians, each of these conjurers shared similar stories of using magic to escape the limitations of their culture or socioeconomic status. By learning how to leverage the inner workings of the human mind and embracing the latest technological and scientific discoveries, these magicians were able to drive social change and transform magic from a secret underground art into a relevant part of mainstream pop culture.

These remarkable tales are complemented by more than 100 never-before-seen photographs from David Copperfield’s illustrious Museum of Magic in Las Vegas, including a 16th century treatise on sleight of hand moves, Houdini’s straightjackets, handcuffs and water torture chamber, Alexander’s high-tech turban that enabled him to read minds as “The Man who Knows”, Dante’s famous sawing-in-half apparatus and even some coins that were believed to have once been held by America’s 16th President Abraham Lincoln.

David Copperfield’s “History of Magic” is a gorgeous hardback book with full-color photos that will anchor any library or collection. It is sure to inspire you and leave you filled with the same passion for magic that has driven him to become one of the most successful entertainers in the world.


Customer reviews for David Copperfield's History of Magic



A must have book in any magicians library! Beautifully designed, full-sized, colorful book with plenty of information. For this price its a steal. And its size what surprised me first- I was thinking that it would be a A5 format or something, but this book is huge! Great addition to my magic book shelf.



I was so excited to get a copy of the legend itself and all I can say are good things about it. Great content, very well designed and written and the most amazing thing is the price. This book is a gem, and if you leave it in any coffee table it is indeed a great conversation starter. I would totally recommend it!



Beautifully presented and written. It would be a perfect gift for any up and coming magician and again would fit just as well in a personal library. I guess the best part for me is all the historical information available punctuated by wonderful photo and picture quality. Seriously for the price it is something you should purchase, even consider buying one for your local library as many great magicians found their way into the magical arts that way.Worth every penny.


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  • Ray asks: Do you know if David will be selling limited edition or signed copies?

    • 1. Adrian answers: Autographed: https://talkshop.live/watch/jRICYBiDa25B?fbclid=IwAR2GHJ2sokrGHHGhow5PVT1tiEzSUhLDR1gNZ8fYfxUsM_m7291Xz0Lc9Dc Special Edition: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1187660125003340&ref=sharing
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