Through five interconnected themes, the exhibition explores how magic has remained a mainstay of popular culture in the western world, how its secrets have been kept and revealed, and how magicians have innovated to continue to surprise and enchant their audiences.
- Magic’s Spell on Society
- Magic and innovation
- Masters of Magic and their Influence
- Harry Price and his Magical Library
- Magic for All
Each theme features some of the most important books in the history of magic alongside lesser-known works celebrating a range of genres in magic publishing.
The exhibition displays 60 items in Senate House Library’s ‘Harry Price Library of Magical Literature’, gifted by Harry Price himself, former Vice-President of the Magic Circle (and first Chair of the BFI), to the Library in 1936.
The accompanying events programme of talks and film screenings will be announced in the New Year - watch this space!