Secrets of the Sideshows

By Joe Nickell

The carnival sideshows of the earlier have left at the back of a desirable legacy of puzzle and intrigue. The secrets and techniques in the back of such bold feats as fire-eating and sword swallowing and peculiar exhibitions of human oddities as "Alligator Boys" and "Gorilla ladies" nonetheless stay, in basic terms grudgingly if ever given up by means of performers and carnival pros. operating along the performers, Joe Nickell blows the lid off those mysteries of the halfway. the writer finds the constitution of the exhibits, particular tools in the back of the performances, and the showmen's strategies for recruiting performers and attracting crowds. He additionally lines the background of such spectacles, from historic Egyptian magic and road festivals to the golden age of P.T. Barnum's sideshows. With revealing perception into the non-public lives of the boys and girls billed as freaks, Nickell unfolds the desirable tale of the halfway exhibit.

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The Sugar Queen (Random House Reader's Circle)

By Sarah Addison Allen

During this impossible to resist novel, Sarah Addison Allen, writer of the New York Times bestselling debut, Garden Spells, tells the story of a tender girl whose relatives secrets—and mystery passions—are approximately to alter her lifestyles forever.

Josey Cirrini is bound of 3 issues: iciness is her favourite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and chocolates are top eaten within the privateness of her closet. For whereas Josey has settled into a humdrum lifestyles in her mother’s condominium, her one comfort is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to every night…. until eventually she unearths her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, an area waitress who's one half nemesis—and elements fairy godmother. With Della Lee’s tricky love, Josey’s slender lifestyles fast expands. She even bonds with Chloe Finley, a tender girl who's hounded by means of books that inexplicably seem while she wishes them—and who has a detailed connection to Josey’s longtime overwhelm. quickly Josey resides in an international the place the colour crimson has startling powers, and fervour could make eggs fry of their cartons. And that’s only for starters.

Brimming with heat, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here's a spellbinding story of friendship, love—and the spell binding probabilities of each new day.

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Harry potter y la camara secreta

By J. K. Rowling

Tras derrotar una vez más a lord Voldemort, su siniestro enemigo en Harry Potter y los angeles piedra filosofal, Harry espera impaciente en casa de sus insoportables tíos el inicio del segundo curso del Colegio Hogwarts de Magia y Hechicería. Sin embargo, los angeles espera dura poco, pues un elfo aparece en su habitación y le advierte que una amenaza mortal se cierne sobre los angeles escuela. Así pues, Harry no se lo piensa dos veces y, acompañado de Ron, su mejor amigo, se dirige a Hogwarts en un coche volador. Pero ¿puede un aprendiz de mago defender l. a. escuela de los malvados que pretenden destruirla? Sin saber que alguien ha abierto l. a. Cámara de los Secretos, dejando escapar una serie de monstruos peligrosos, Harry y sus amigos Ron y Hermione tendrán que enfrentarse con arañas gigantes, serpientes encantadas, fantasmas enfurecidos y, sobre todo, con l. a. mismísima reencarnación de su más temible adversario.

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History and the Supernatural in Medieval England (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series)

By C. S. Watkins

It is a attention-grabbing learn of spiritual tradition in England from 1050 to 1250. Drawing at the wealth of fabric approximately spiritual trust and perform that survives within the chronicles, Carl Watkins explores the bills of symptoms, prophecies, astrology, magic, ideals approximately dying, and the remarkable and demonic. He demanding situations many of the triumphing assumptions approximately spiritual trust, wondering specifically the attachment of many historians to phrases akin to 'clerical' and 'lay', 'popular' and 'elite', 'Christian' and 'pagan' as explanatory different types. The proof of the chronicles is usually set in its broader context via explorations of miracle collections, penitential manuals, exempla and sermons. The ebook strains shifts within the means the supernatural used to be conceptualized through realized writers and the ways that broader styles of trust developed in this interval. This unique account sheds very important mild on trust in the course of a interval within which the non secular panorama used to be remodeled.

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Myth-Gotten Gains (Myth Adventures)

By Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye

Aahz discovers that the shabby-looking sword he obtained at a flea industry in a distant size is Ersatz, chief of the Golden Hoard, a fabled selection of strong magical treasures which may flip any traditional being right into a hero. They pass looking for the opposite individuals of the Hoard, merely to discover that they are now not the single ones taking a look. A dancer named Calypsa, operating with Aahz's outdated good friend Tananda, is looking for to gather them to unfastened her grandfather from the scary wizard Barrik. difficulty is, each person wishes the treasures for themselves, and there are sturdy the reason why the Golden Hoard isn't all within the related size at one time.

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The High Lord (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3)

By Trudi Canavan

"You need to know the truth."

Sonea has realized a lot because she was once yet a penniless urchin owning an amazing untapped skill. She has earned the grudging recognize of her fellow newbies and a spot within the Magicians' Guild. But there's a lot she needs she had by no means learned—what she witnessed, for instance, within the underground chamber of the mysterious excessive Lord Akkarin . . . and the information that the Guild is being saw heavily by means of an old fearsome enemy.

Still, she dares no longer forget about the terrifying truths the excessive Lord might percentage together with her, even supposing she fears it can be base trickery, a scheme to take advantage of her wonderful powers to complete his darkish goals. For Sonea is familiar with her destiny is in his hands—and that in simple terms within the shadows will she in achieving actual greatness . . . if she survives.

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Harry Potter E Il Principe Mezzosangue (Harry Potter, Libro 6)

By J. K. Rowling

Sesto appuntamento con l. a. saga che ha appassionato bambini, ragazzi e lettori di tutte le età. Harry Potter è solo, sconvolto e preoccupato. Il suo amato padrino Sirius Black è morto, e le parole di Albus Silente sulla profezia gli confermano che lo scontro con Lord Voldemort è ormai inevitabile. Niente è più come prima: l'ultimo legame con l. a. sua famiglia è troncato, perfino Hogwarts non è più l. a. dimora accogliente dei primi anni, mentre Voldemort è più area of expertise, crudele e disumano che mai. Harry stesso sa di essere cambiato. los angeles frustrazione e il senso di impotenza dei quindici anni hanno ceduto il posto a una fermezza e a una determinazione diversified, più adulte. Ma quali sconvolgenti imprese lo attenderanno quest'anno? Età di lettura: da eight anni.

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Class Dis-Mythed

By Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye

After years as a court docket magician and inter-dimensional hero, Skeeve wanted a relaxation. So he took a while off to check magic and sit back. while a couple of months later numerous contributors of the M.Y.T.H. Inc. staff each one ask him to coach a few gifted, younger magicians in "practical magic" he has to agree. yet after the assassins assault and a manticore attempts to devour them, the Khlad mage quickly discovers that there's extra happening than studying. His scholars are getting ready for a truly lethal magical online game and also you will not think the place. Worse but, the sport will be fastened, and the one solution to shop his scholars lives is for Skeeve to chance his personal.

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The Truth About Uri Geller

By James Randi

There's extra to Uri Geller than his numerous "miracles" - and James (The awesome) Randi tells all during this interesting exam of the Geller myth.

- What relatively makes Geller run?

- Why have scientists pronounced on all Geller's "successful" psychic
tests and missed his many failures?

- Why will Uri practice nearly anyplace, every time, other than in front
of expert magicians?

- Can Geller really bend spoons, keys and nails together with his "psychic"
powers?

- Why do humans around the globe proceed to think Geller has
magic powers, while his tips were uncovered many times?

In an eye-opening exposé, Randi presents a devastating blow to Geller and the pseudoscience of parapsychology.

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