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Disappearing Tricks

Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century

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Disappearing Tricks by Matthew Solomon
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Author Biography

Matthew Solomon is an associate professor of cinema studies in the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.
Release date Australia
January 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of Illinois Press
Pages
200
Dimensions
150x226x13
ISBN-13
9780252076978
Product ID
4023369

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