This book is the first of three published by Potter & Potter that chronicles the legendary magic collection of Ricky Jay. The lauded actor, celebrated sleight-of-hand magician, and noted author curated an extensive collection of magic, circus, and showbiz ephemera. From the literature of cheating and conmen, to vibrant circus and sideshow posters, broadsides spanning the last four centuries, and memorabilia of magic shows of yesteryear, this catalog is a true celebration of curious characters and the rare relics that tell their stories.
Each object, from original Houdini memorabilia and Max Malini relics, to posters advertising Chang the Chinese and ceiling-walking circus performers are illuminated with extensive and historically-revealing details and crystal-clear full-color photographs. 150 pages in deluxe full-color hardcover with smyth-sewn binding; introduction by Dr. Persi Diaconis.