Dr Peter Lamont is a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, working on the history, theory and performance of magic. He is an award-winning magician and a former President of the Edinburgh Magic Circle. He has performed and lectured in several countries across the world. This is his first book for a popular readership.
ADVANCE QUOTE FROM SIMON SINGH: 'A fascinating, quirky and authoritative investigation into the world's greatest mystery' FROM CHARLES ALLEN: 'The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick is enormously good fun -- a fascinating piece of historical detective work' FROM DERREN BROWN: 'Quirky and expertly written' Lamont has finally managed to unravel the bizarre truth behind the world's tallest tale. A wonderful example of how the imagination can create a miraculous illusion - quirky and expertly written."