“The Magician opens at the turn of twentieth century in a provincial German city where young boy, Thomas Mann, grows up with conservative, conventional father and Brazilian mother, exotic unpredictable, who will never fit in. He hides both his artistic aspirations homosexual desires from this father, sexuality everyone. longs for charismatic, beautiful, rich, cultured Jewish man, but marries twin sister. boy he sees on beach Venice writes novel about him. has six children. is most successful novelist time. wins Nobel Prize expected to lead condemnation Hitler”–

Master magicians of their time, Hatton and Plate recorded in this book — which they wrote 1910 solutions to problems that seemed unsolvable. Indispensible today’s amateur professional magicians, the how-to manual explains 140 tricks performed with cards, coins, balls, eggs, handkerchiefs, other common household items. 194 black-and-white illustrations.

At Crydee, a frontier outpost in the tranquil Kingdom of Isles, an orphan boy, Pug, is apprenticed to master magician and destinies two worlds are changed forever.