The Magic Magic Book
Ricky Jay, 1994
JAY, Ricky (1946-2018). The Magic Magic Book. [New York:] Library Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1994.

First edition, presentation copy. With autograph note on Jay’s stationery: “Bill / Very grateful for yr sage advice – very best wishes for all future Mondays / RJ / 9 October 15." Jay spent four years working with May Castleberry, then at the Whitney Museum of American Art, on the present book. The first volume presents his historical essay on the magician’s conjuring book known as a “blow book,” and the second volume is a blow book using images from contemporary American artists including Vija Celmins, Jane Hammond, Glenn Ligon, Philip Taaffe, and William Wegman. A "blow book," called by Jay "the oldest trick book in the world," has special manipulatable tabs that make the content of the book appear to change with each viewing.

Two volumes, octavo. Original black blindstamped wrappers; slipcase decorated with playing card motif.

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