Contemplating Conjurors

Pulling back the curtain: MIT anthropologist peers into the mysterious world of professional magicians

To find out how the craft works, Jones spent two years inside Paris’ thriving world of magic. He acquired mentors, passed an examination to join France’s largest magic association, and has emerged with a new book about the experience, Trade of the Tricks, published this month by the University of California Press.

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  1. we also gain insight into the seemingly eternal realm of crafty people who make a living by fooling others. Benjamin “BS” Bernanke has mastered legerdemain: Pull the audience’s wallets out through their left nostrils and dare anybody to deny it was magic. Everybody buys their tickets after the performance, forever.

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