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Magic is dead : my journey into the world's most secretive society of magicians
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In the vein of Neil Strauss' The Game and Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein comes the fascinating story of one man's colorful, mysterious, and personal journey into the world of magic, and his unlikely invitation into an underground secret society of revolutionary magicians from around the world.

Magic Is Dead is Ian Frisch's head-first dive into a hidden world full of extraordinary characters and highly guarded secrets. It is a story of imagination, deception, and art that spotlights today's most brilliant young magicians--a mysterious club known as the52, who are revolutionizing an ancient artform under the mantra Magic Is Dead.

Ian brings us with him as he not only gets to know this fascinating world, but also becomes an integral part of it. We meet the52's founding members--Laura London, Daniel Madison, and Chris Ramsay--and explore their personal demons, professional aspirations, and what drew them to their craft. We join them at private gatherings of the most extraordinary magicians working today, follow them to magic conventions in Las Vegas and England, and discover some of the best tricks of the trade. We also encounter David Blaine; hang out with Penn Jillette; meet Dynamo, the U.K.'s most famous magician; and go behind the scenes of a Netflix magic show. Magic Is Dead is also a chronicle of magic's rich history and how it has changed in the internet age, as the young guns embrace social media and move away from the old-school take on the craft.

As he tells the story of the52, and his role as its most unlikely member, Ian reveals his own connection with trickery and deceit and how he first learned the elements that make magic work from his poker-playing mother. He recalls their adventures in card rooms and casinos after his father's sudden death, and shares a touching moment that he had, as a working journalist, with his childhood idol Shaquille O'Neal.

"Magic--the romanticism of the inexplicable, the awe and admiration of the unexpected--is an underlying force in how we view the world and its myriad possibilities," Ian writes. As his journey continues, Ian not only becomes a performer and creator of magic--even fooling the late Anthony Bourdain during a chance encounter--he also cements a new brotherhood, and begins to understand his relationship with his father, fifteen years after his death. Written with psychological acuity and a keen eye for detail, Magic Is Dead is an engrossing tale full of wonder and surprise.

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Table of Contents
Author's Notep. xi
Prologue: This Is Me Nowp. 1
Part IWelcome To The Underground
1A Way of Lifep. 7
2Blackpool Problemsp. 17
3Magic Is Deadp. 33
4Locked Inp. 41
5A Break from Realityp. 51
6A Vessel for Something Biggerp. 63
7Cheatp. 71
8Happy Pilgrimsp. 83
9An Actor Playing the Part of a Magicianp. 91
10The Rules of the Gamep. 107
11Cardsharpsp. 117
12At the Tablep. 137
13The Two of Clubsp. 143
Part IIEvery Once In A While, The Lion Has To Show The Jackal Who He Is
14Young Bloodsp. 159
15Just a Simple Planp. 173
16Spies, Snitches, Skullduggery, and Schemingp. 187
17By Any Means Necessaryp. 203
18Originsp. 213
19Not Just a Female Magicianp. 229
20Fooling Bourdainp. 247
21Behind the Scenesp. 263
22Flipsidep. 283
23Kill the Architectp. 299
Acknowledgmentsp. 317
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