"Conjurer's Confessions" by Robert-Houdin is a compilation of stories on modern magic based on true incidents. A gothic-fiction with elements of suspense, mystery and horror. The suspicious environment created by the author through out the book is captivitating. True incidents are narrated without exaggeration that capture the imagination and convince the reader. Worth reading!
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THE MAGICIAN WHO BECAME AN AMBASSADOR 44 IV FACING THE ARABS PISTOL
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