Illustrations from a Victorian book on Magic (1897)

Selected images from a massive late 19th century tome entitled simply Magic, subtitled Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, including Trick Photography, compiled and edited by Albert A. Hopkins. The book takes a thorough tour through the popular magic tricks and illusions of the day, including along the way many delightfully surreal diagrams and illustrations, the top pick of which we’ve included here – often especially great when seen out of context. Towards the end are some particularly great “decapitation” trick photographs.

See the book, with explanatory text and many more illustrations over in our post in the Texts collection.

Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library
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Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic

Illustration from a Victorian book on Magic





  • Interesting, thank you.

  • Raven_Oak

    It’s all about illusion and misdirection.

    I could never swallow swords. Nope, nope, nope. My gag reflex would have be hurling. Then I’d be yanking the sword out too fast and slicing myself to ribbons. Nope. Never. 😉