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The arts of deception : playing with fraud in the age of Barnum

Author: James W Cook
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001.
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In this text, James W. Cook explores this modern mode of trickery designed to puzzle the eye and challenge the brain. Upsetting the strict boundaries of value, race, class, and truth, the spectacles  Read more...

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Cook, James W., 1966-
Arts of deception.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001
(OCoLC)756914519
Named Person: P T Barnum; Phineas Taylor Barnum; Phineas Taylor Barnum
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James W Cook
ISBN: 0674004574 9780674004573 0674005910 9780674005914
OCLC Number: 45532418
Description: xv, 314 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Thinking with Tricks --
1. The Death and Rebirth of the Automaton Chess-Player --
2. The Feejee Mermaid and the Market Revolution --
3. Describing the Nondescript --
4. Modern Magic --
5. Queer Art Illusions --
Epilogue: Barnum's Ghosts.
Responsibility: James W. Cook.

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