Very Good. Item #7263
Pasadena: Mike Caveney’s Magic Words, 2013. First Edition. Signed on each half title by Caveney to fellow magician and scholar, the sword-swallower and late Freakatorium proprietor Johnny Fox with inscriptions (Wonders) “For Johnny Fox | Never stop wondering. With best regards from your old friend… Mike Caveney 2014” and (Conference Illusions) “Johnny | Enjoy this journey through The Golden Age of Magic. Mike Caveney 2014.”
2 volumes. Quarto (11.75” x 9”); 455; 255 pp. 900 color and black-and-white photographic in-text illustrations, with tipped-in color frontis in Wonders. Original half maroon imitation leather and green cloth, stamped in gold, silver, and black Housed in original green cloth slipcase, stamped in gold. Light shelf wear to slipcase, else as new.
Caveney’s career-spanning master compendium of magic and illusion. The first volume, Mike Caveney Wonders, presents and describes every routine he’s performed, from his teenage beginnings with the Long Beach Mystics up to his most recent, complete with illustrations and descriptions of the creative process. The second volume, The Conference Illusions, follows his 22 years recreating famous tricks and illusions from magic history for the Los Angeles Conference of Magic History, giving his research of the illusion’s history, how the original routines worked and how he worked to improve them -- sometimes having the original performer’s apparatus and other times building them from scratch -- with a modern audience in mind.
This set signed and presented to the late American sword-swallower and magician Johnny Fox (1953-2017), a regular performer at the Coney Island Freak Show and the Maryland Renaissance Festival, performing at the latter for 37 years, and from 1999-2005 the proprietor of the Freakatorium, El Museo Loco in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the successor to Barnum’s American Museum and Hubert’s Museum and Flea Circus. His health ailing, Fox fell into a coma for several days in 2016 but recovered to perform one more season with the Maryland Renaissance Festival before succumbing to liver cancer in 2017.