Each chapter of "Lives of the Conjurers" is a biography of a notable magician, illusionist, prestidigitator, or fraudulent medium of the past. The masters of deception!
HENRY SLADE - Was he a medium or a magician?
CAGLIOSTRO - The Mystery Man of Europe
KATTERFELTO - Lecturer, conjurer, and quack
SERVAISLEROY - He levitated a pianist and her piano
C.W. STARR - His vanishing act was for sheriffs
TORRINI - His greatest illusion was himself
SIGNOR BLITZ - What he pulled from a hat one night kept a family together
CHARLES MORRITT - His masterpiece was the Disappearing Donkey
THE BOTTLE CONJURER - How was he going to jump into a bottle?
MAELZEL - There was more to his Chess-playing Automaton than met the eye
ROBERT HELLER - His mindreading act mystified audiences