Aurora, Illinois: Charles J. Romano, 2006.
First Edition, Limited Edition. Hardcover. Edition limited to 26 lettered copies and 224 numbered copies, this being number 47 and signed by Chuck Romano to limitation page. 11 1/4" X 8 3/4". 480pp. Bound in full blue cloth over boards, with upper board and spine stamped in gilt. Mild edgewear to binding, with hard bumping to bottom corner of rear board and very slight warping to boards. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Pictorial endpapers show designs for various magical apparatus. The Mechanics of Marvels lists 500 patents and contains the complete drawings and text for 100 patents, representing stage illusions, small apparatus, and miscellaneous magic patents by many of magic's greatest inventors, including such illusions as Horace Goldin's Lady Shot from Cannon, Howard Thurston's Spirit Cabinet, The Great Lafayette's Feeding a Human to a Lion, and Edward Barnett's Live Girl in Fishbowl, as well as designs for small apparatus like Joe Karson's Zombie, C.F. Brehmer's Magic Card Box, and the Break Away Fan and Rising Cards. Includes a foreword by Jim Steinmeyer, the inventor behind many of the famous illusions used by magicians from Siegfried & Roy to David Copperfield.
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