The world's best magician is going blind, but is there a story in his past that can save him? Victor Losa has spent his life studying magic. His mentor, Mario Galvan, taught him not only the practical aspects of the art, but also its history and the lives of famous Victorian magicians such as Hoffman, Maskelyne, and Cooke, and the most enigmatic historical figure of all, Peter Grouse, a pickpocket who decided to challenge the best magicians of the day. But suddenly things change for Victor Losa, just as he is proclaimed the world's best magician. A light appears in his eye, but this is no magic trick - he is diagnosed with a rare degenerative condition of the optical nerve. In short, he is rapidly going blind. As he loses his sight, Victor finds that there are new ways to conjure the world through stories of the past, present and future. And finally he learns the secret behind his mentor's teachings.As a magician, hea#39;s not worth even a passing mention in a footnote in the appendix of any specialist reference book. ... He learned magic as a child, but therea#39;s no record that he ever performed in public and therea#39;s no way to know ... The public of the day adored two illusions in particular: disappearances and levitation.
|Title||:||The Manual of Darkness|
|Author||:||Enrique de Heriz|
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2011-07-14|