Abracadabra: The Story of Magic Through the Ages (Paperback)
Magicians never reveal their secrets . . . but in Abacadabra: The Story of Magic Through the Ages, HP Newquist lifts the veil: this is an illustrated history of magic complete with step-by-step instructions for eight classic magic tricks.
Magic is a word we use to describe something amazing, awe-inspiring, or spectacular. Truly great magic makes us believe in things we know can't be real. In the hands of the greatest magicians, even a simple card trick can become truly wondrous.
Now, in this nonfiction narrative of magic through the ages, HP Newquist explains how the world's most famous tricks were created, including:
-the oracles of ancient Egypt
-the wizards of medieval Europe
-the exploits of Houdini
-modern practitioners like Criss Angel
Abracadabra by HP Newquist will have middle-grade readers spellbound. This book unlocks the secrets behind centuries of magic, magicians, and illusion.
Praise for Abacadabra: The Story of Magic Through the Ages:
“Strikes a good balance between the history and practical magic tricks . . . an enthralling read.” —Children’s Literature
“Fledgling magicians will be spellbound.” —Booklist
“This offering stands out from similar books because of the amount of material it provides about various conjurers, illusionists, and mind readers. Newquist does not hesitate to give away trade secrets.” —School Library Journal
ALEKSEY and OLGA IVANOV are the illustrators of many children's books, including the Charlotte's Web beginning readers, in which they replicated the style of Garth Williams. They live in Colorado.
"Fledgling magicians will be spellbound." —Booklist on Abracadabra
"This offering stands out from similar books because of the amount of material it provides about various conjurers, illusionists, and mind readers. Newquist does not hesitate to give away trade secrets . . . " —School Library Journal on Abracadabra
“Strikes a good balance between the history and practical magic tricks. . . an enthralling read.” —Children’s Literature on Abacadabra
“A must-have book for every boy adventurer.” —Jon Scieszka on For Boys Only
“This graphically fresh and topically diverse collection should capture the imagination of its target audience.” —Publishers Weekly on For Boys Only
“[Newquist] seamlessly moves among exploration of history, mythology, film, literature and scientific discovery.” —Kirkus Reviews on Here There Be Monsters
“An attractive, informative book on an underrepresented topic.” —Booklist on Here There Be Monsters
“Detailed and informative . . . the hardcore science is balanced with anecdotes that will capture student interest.” —School Library Journal on The Great Brain Book