Here Is Real Magic: A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World


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Bloomsbury USA
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5.8 X 1.0 X 8.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Nate Staniforth is a magician, performer, writer, traveler, and former host of the Discovery Channel's international hit TV show Breaking Magic. For over a decade, Nate has toured the U.S. as one of the busiest working magicians in the country and shared the philosophical underpinnings of his work through both a TEDx Talk and a lecture at the world-famous Oxford Union. He lives in Iowa City.


"A personal story that conjures up the wonder and magic of life without any trickery or deceit." - Publishers Weekly

"A passionate and eloquent call to seek to renew one's purpose in life." - Booklist

"A vivid, deeply compelling, startlingly personal account of life on the far side of the illusion." - Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of the MAGICIANS Trilogy

"This book is real magic. It performs the most wonderful trick: when you read it, you feel both entertained and hopeful." - Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author of SIDE HUSTLE and THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT

"An assured and thoughtful work about finding true 'awe and wonder.'" - Kirkus Reviews

"Magician Nate Staniforth's memoir is a frank and enjoyable exploration of his quest to recapture a sense of wonder." - Shelf Awareness

"With a beautiful bit of literary hocus-pocus, author Nate Staniforth lets readers watch the birth of a magician, right from the beginning. Like a good magic trick, you have to wait for the pay-off which, in this case, is so incredibly lovely, a bit humorous, and woven with a plea that readers won't be able to resist. In the end, Staniforth lets you in on the wonder and for that, Here is Real Magic will wow you." - The Fayette Tribune

"A real gem; a great read that belongs on the shelf of creative inspiration right next to Art & Fear. As irresistible as his quest for magic is, it's Staniforth's urgent feeling for the craft, and the meaning behind it, that should make all artists--writers, actors, musicians, everyone--take note. He's exactly the travel companion you've always wanted." - Glen David Gold, bestselling author of CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL and SUNNYSIDE

"A fascinating, expertly wrought and absorbing pursuit of the essence of wonder. Staniforth proves he is not only a magician by trade, but a tender writer with real talent." - Signe Pike, author of FAERY TALE

"Nate is one of my favorite magicians in the world. This is a beautiful, original book from a beautiful and original mind." - Derren Brown

"The Bob Dylan of Magic." -

"If magic has a poet, it's Nate Staniforth." - Brian Brushwood, author of SCAM SCHOOL

"On par with David Blaine." - Artscene

"If you've seen this guy, you're a fan. If you haven't, you will be." - Cultural Corridor