New York: Villard Books, 1987.
Paperback. 11 1/4" X 7 3/4". 340pp. Moderate wear to pictorial dust jacket, with small tears to edges and extremities and light dust soiling. Red paper over boards with spine backed in black cloth and lettered in red. Moderate wear to binding, with edgewear and bumping to extremities. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. An overall presentable hardcover copy of this book of marvelous and unusual accomplishments in the history of entertainment by stage magician, sleight of hand artist, actor, and magic historian Ricky Jay (1946–2018).
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
It is only in Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women that you learn about and understand the greatest daredevils, stone eaters, idiots savants, and mind readers of all time.This is a book about men who grow six inches on stage and women who eat boilign oil; people who walk into burning ovens,s wallow poison, and jump off ship masts. They have met kings and queens, they have entertained the masses. Many are geniuses. Most, in some ways, are charlatans.
Wonderfully illustrated with posters, playbills, portraits--many of which have never before been reprinted--this is a work of rare affection, unusual insight, tremendous humor, and tenacious scholarship. It is a book to be read and reread, to enjoy and marvel over. It is a book that will not only add to the lore of a magial world, it will become an important part of that world. (publisher). Good +. Item #6352