In which are given clear
explanations of all the well-known
illusions, as well as many
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The art of
pretended magic dates back to the remotest antiquity. It
has been known under various names, such as White Magic,
Conjuring, Natural Magic, and Prestidigitation. Jannes
and Jambres, the magicians of Pharaoh, contended against
Moses and Aaron. In the British Museum there is an
Egyptian papyrus, which contains an account of a magical
seance given by a thaumaturgist named Tchatcha-em-ankh
before King Khufu,b.c., 3766.
In this manuscript it is stated of the magician: "He
knoweth how to bind on a head which hath been cut off,
and he knoweth how to make a lion follow him as if led
by a rope." The decapitation trick is thus no new thing,
while the experiment with the lion, unquestionably a
hypnotic feat, shows hypnotism to be old.
temples of Egypt, Greece and Rome were veritable
storehouses of magic and mystery. The pagan priesthood
attained a wonderful proficiency in optical illusions.
In the Middle Ages magic was greatly in