Date: 2017-01-19 11:10 pm (UTC)
cloudsinvenice: woman resting her head on her hand, thinking (Default)
If there had been more focus on the magicians’ personalities and the cultural factors playing into stage magic, and less on technicalities, I would have liked it more.

You might really enjoy Derren Brown's Confessions of a Conjurer - it also does the couched-in-autobiography thing, but the stuff about magic is much more about the psychology of the relationship between the performer, what the performer is doing, and the audience. He came to more widespread prominence as a psychological illusionist on TV, but he started out, IIRC, doing close-up magic in restaurants, so the book has a lot about the intimacy of that kind of performance and what it takes to keep people interested and following the story you're trying to tell with the trick.
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