Today is Part 2 of selected images from a massive late 19th century tome entitled simply Magic, subtitled Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, including Trick Photography, compiled and edited by Albert A. Hopkins. The book takes a thorough tour through the popular magic tricks and illusions of the day, including along the way many delightfully surreal diagrams and illustrations.
The third part of this blog will show some particularly great “decapitation” trick photographs.
(All images taken from the book housed at the Internet Archive, contributed by the California Digital Library.) [SOURCE]