you're reading...

Ripley: Believe it or not

The history of witchcraft and magic have been of strong personal interest to me ever since I read Glen David Gold’s wonderful book Carter Beats the Devil which is a fictitious account of an early 20th-century stage magician in America. It was at this time, and most importantly during the great depression, that stage magic became more popular than ever as a form of entertainment and escapism – in both a metaphysical and a literal sense, as popularised by the notorious escape artist Houdini.

This documentary attempts to explain the phenomenon that swept America in the early 1900s.


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: