A well written book with sections on many of the great magicians of the past, such as Houdin, Compte, Phillippe, Robin, Bosco, Anderson, Blitz, Frikell, Heller,Trewey, and Hermann. Then there are the more modern magicians, like Fox, Goldin, Powell, Thurston, Robinson, Downs, and Houdini.There is also a chapter on famous magicians that Mr. Evans actually met. Additionally, there are chapters on making ghosts appear on stage, automata, and the Sphinx illusion.