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1. Science Meets Magic on Stage 2. Amusing and Playful Science at Home 3. Confronting Ghosts, Mediums, and Fakirs 4. Confidence Men, Psychologists, and the Secrets of Professional Illusion-Makers 5. Magic as Special Effects

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Sofie Lachapelle is Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, Canada.


"Sofie Lachapelle's Conjuring Science brings to the forefront a multifaceted history, examining how magic and science remarkably coexisted in France between the mid-eighteenth and the early twentieth century. ... Conjuring Science offers an interesting portrait of the influence of popular magic and science education in nineteenth-century France. ... this book enriches our historical understanding of the fine line often artificially created between science, popular knowledge and belief, and emerveillement." (Jean-Francois Gauvin, Isis, Vol. 108 (3), September, 2017)

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