Empire of Enchantment

the story of Indian magic
by John Zubrzycki
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Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd

Publication Date: July 16, 2018

ISBN: 9781925693188

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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A vibrant narrative of India’s magical traditions and their journey across the world

India’s association with magicians goes back thousands of years. Conjurers and illusionists dazzled the courts of Hindu maharajas and Mughal emperors. As British dominion spread over the subcontinent, such wonder-workers became synonymous with India. Western magicians appropriated Indian attire, tricks, and stage names. Switching their turbans for top hats, Indian jugglers fought back, and earned their grudging respect. 

This book tells the extraordinary story of how Indian magic descended from the realm of the gods to become part of daily ritual and popular entertainment across the globe. Recounting tales of levitating Brahmins, resurrections, prophesying monkeys, and ‘the most famous trick never performed’, Empire of Enchantment vividly charts Indian magic’s epic journey from street to stage.