2015 Wizard’s Award Prize

The BAM committee is proud to announce that the 2015 Wizard’s Award recipient will be presented with a copy of the mammoth Magic 1400s-1950s book.

Thanks to the kind donation of Gene McCarthy from International Entertainment the BAM owns a copy of the original unabridged Taschens 670 page version which is a collector’s edition and now out-of-print.

The Wizard’s Award is presented annually to the BAM member who has won the most monthly competitions for the best magic presented at our meetings, as voted by members.

 BAM : Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Incorporated, New Zealand

Magic 1400s-1950s by Mike Caveney (Author), Jim Steinmeyer (Author), Ricky Jay (Author), Noel Daniel (Editor)

Magic has enchanted humankind for millennia, evoking terror, laughter, shock, and amazement. Once persecuted as heretics and sorcerers, magicians have always been conduits to a parallel universe of limitless possibility—whether invoking spirits, reading minds, or inverting the laws of nature by sleight of hand. Long before science fiction, virtual realities, video games and the internet, the craft of magic was the most powerful fantasy world man had ever known. As the pioneers of special effects throughout history, magicians have never ceased to mystify us by making the impossible possible.

This book celebrates more than 500 years of the stunning visual culture of the world’s greatest magicians. Featuring more than 850 rarely seen vintage posters, photographs, handbills, and engravings as well as paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Caravaggio among others, it traces the history of magic as a performing art from the 1400s to the 1950s. Combining sensational images with incisive text, the book explores the evolution of the magician’s craft, from medieval street performers to the brilliant stage magicians who gave rise to cinematic special effects; from the 19th century’s golden age of magic to groundbreaking daredevils like Houdini and the early 20th century’s vaudevillians.