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52 Ways to Magic America

52 Ways to Magic America

(2002)
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Marty Quick, troubled hero of James Flint's 52 Ways to Magic America, has a dream. From the age of nine he has yearned to become the most celebrated magician in Las Vegas. This isn't easy when you're starting out from your dad's garage in Beckenham. But after 10 painful years of card-shuffling and mockery, Marty seems poised on the threshold of success. He's become "Young Magician of the Year" and procured the services, both on and off-stage, of Terri Liddell, a suburban beauty bearing more than a passing resemblance to Princess Diana. But the glamour of Vegas still seems very distant as Marty finds himself condemned to the cabaret circuit of shabby provincial towns. Only a miracle can save him. And that's exactly what happens when he bumps into another Diana--doppelganger in Blackpool. Marty envisages an illusion to stun the world, but can he pull it off before the clouds of self-delusion engulf him? This is a fascinating foray into the magician's secret world--and the author should be commended for his painstaking research. The tricks of the trade, the seedy aura of theatre green rooms, the backstage bickering--all are captured with compelling skill. On other levels, however, the book doesn't quite deliver. As his childhood dreams dissolve, so does our affection for Marty, particularly when he transfers his obsession, somewhat inexplicably, to the dot.com boom--a subject that already looks outdated. --Matthew Baylis

Genre: Inspirational
 
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Paperback Editions

June 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: 52 Ways to Magic America
Author(s): James Flint
ISBN: 1-84115-524-1 / 978-1-84115-524-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Fifty-two Ways to Magic America
Author(s): James Flint
ISBN: 1-84115-523-3 / 978-1-84115-523-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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