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Joshua Jay; How Magicians Think: Misdirection, Deception, and Why Magic Matters

  March 27, 2022 6:30 PM

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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: July 30, 2021 10:03 AM to March 27, 2022 11:00 AM

A Magical Literary Celebration!

Joshua Jay; How Magicians Think: Misdirection, Deception, and Why Magic Matters

$18 | Cocktails, Hors De’voures and & Book Signing Event


Joshua Jay is an acclaimed performer, author, and lecturer on the art of magic. He is a former world champion, a Guinness World Record Holder, and was named "Magician of the Year" in 2012 by the Society of American Magicians. Jay has made noteworthy appearances on The Tonight Show and the Late Late Show, and consulted with the US Post Office for the stamp series "Magic." He has performed and lectured on magic all over the world, and appears regularly on television and stages across the globe. Jay has authored four books on magic, and his most recent book, for children, is called The Dream Machine.


And now Joshua Jay, one of the world’s most accomplished magicians, not only opens that door but brings us inside to reveal the artistry and obsessiveness, esoteric history, and long-whispered-about traditions of a subject shrouded in mystery.

And he goes one step further: Joshua Jay brings us right into the mind of a magician—how they develop their other worldly skills, conjure up illusions, and leave the rest of us slack jawed with delight time after time. Along the way, Jay reveals another kind of secret, one all readers will find meaningful even if they never aspire to perform sleight of hand: What does it take to follow your heart and achieve excellence?

In 52 short, compulsively readable essays, Jay describes how he does it, whether it’s through the making of illusions, the psychology behind them, or the way technology influences the world of magic. He considers the aesthetics of performance, discusses contemporary masters, including David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine, and details how magicians hone their craft. And answers questions like: Can a magic trick be too good? How do you saw a person in half? Is there real magic in the universe? The answers, like so much in magic and life, depend on you.



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