BLACK MAGICIANS IN AMERICA - ILLUSTRATED HISTORY - NEW
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by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson
Hardcover, dust jacket, 5 3/4" x 8 1/2", 174 pages, new and in mint condition.
Magic as entertainment thrills and excites modern audiences and enjoys widespread popularity, with large-venue performances and big-budget television specials. For America's black magicians, however, their uncommon story has long been shrouded in the mists of the past.
Throughout United States history, black magicians have achieved great skill in many eras and on many stages. However, because of slavery and, later, racial segregation and discrimination, few have ever been able to make their living as magicians. Those who have succeeded are rare indeed. Fewer still left a mark on history and many exist only as names on old playbills or in newspaper advertisements.
Uncovered at last is a unique aspect of the African-American cultural experience. Conjure Times is an illuminating portrait of these unheralded pioneers and a tribute to African-Americans who paved the way for, and will inspire, future generations.
ABC-TV * Advertising and promotion * African-American magicians * The African Prince's Drawing Room Entertainment * Afro-American Minstrel Carnival * Albert Travel Agency * Alexander (mentalist) * "All Coons Look Alike