This month's Marketplace is a bit unusual, featuring reviews of three books released for the general public. In addition, two guest reviewers have been invited to join the party. During my eighteen month tenure as product reviewer, it has become painfully obvious to me (and perhaps to you, as well) that there are some areas of the magic field about which I have little experience. One of these areas is magic history. Since one of the books under discussion this month is a major new biography of Houdini, I thought it would be most useful for you if the book was reviewed by someone more knowledgeable than I. David Charvet was gracious enough to agree, and his review leads off this month's column.
It's also nice to have a second voice when a book (and its attendant discussion) will raise a few hackles. Such a book is The Magic Of Micah Lasher, which has already generated some heated posts on the EG. Jon Racherbaumer (a man who, when he sees the tornado coming, likes to set up his lawn chair right in the middle of the storm's path) offers his opinion of this book, and I have amended a few comments of my own.
Also this month, I begin a segment of the column called "It's Not Magic, But." Each month I'll mention something which, while not particularly magic related, was interesting to me, and perhaps will be interesting to you. I hope to include books, videos, software, magazines, websites, and music. Your suggestions are most welcomed. Write me at the address at the end of the column, or email me at [email protected]
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