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Behind the Magic Curtain

In 2014 I discovered a 1940s-era magic-trick catalog at an antique mall in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A product of the National Magic Company in Chicago, the book prompted me to comb back through the city's history in close-up magic. Soon thereafter I learned of a club called the Chicago Magic Lounge that was reinvesting in the bygone scene and used it as the setting for a Chicago Reader story on how magicians interact once the curtains are drawn.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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