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Carter Beats the Devil

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Glen Gold

InCarter Beats the Devil, Glen David Gold subjects the past to the same wondrous transformations as the rabbit in a skilled illusionist's hat. Gold's debut novel opens with real-life magician Charles Carter executing a particularly grisly trick, using … see full wiki

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Author: Glen Gold
Publisher: Hyperion
2 reviews about Carter Beats the Devil
review by . January 03, 2003
Ever since I was a child, I've been fascinated by magic. The books I sought out in grammar school were ones that had magic in the title (Andre Norton's are the most memorable). I bugged my parents one year for a magic kit and received it for a birthday or Christmas present, I can't remember which. But I never became adept at performing tricks, preferring to be the fooled instead of the fooler. I wanted to believe in magic, to live in the world of imagination, and understanding how a trick was actually …
review by . November 05, 2001
With his humorous, engaging debut novel, Gold does for the golden age of magic what Michael Chabon did for the pre-war comicbook era in "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay." Gold is not as masterful or complex a writer as Chabon, but give him time."Carter" is a sprawling, romantic, heady depiction of the life and times of Carter the Great, illusionist. The story begins with the 1923 death of President Warren G. Harding, hours after his participation in a Carter illusion in which the president …
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