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Magic and Magicians

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Madapple by Christina Meldrum

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Night Magic by Thomas Tryon

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

The Prestige by Christopher Priest

Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner



The Blue Moon Circus by Michael Raleigh

The Final Confession of Mabel Stark by Robert Hough

The Disapparation of James by Anne Ursu

Roustabout by Michelle Chalfoun

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

That Time That I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin


Nonfiction books about magic and circuses

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived  by Ralph Helfer

Two Hundred Years of the American Circus: From Aba-Daba to the Zoppe-Zavatta Troupe by Tom Ogden

P. T. Barnum: America’s Greatest Showman by Philip Kunhardt

The Greatest Circus Stories Ever Told: Amazing Stories of Life Under the Big Top by Stephen Brennan

Wild, Weird, and Wonderful: The American Circus 1901-1927 As Seen by F.W. Glasier photography by Mark Sloan

Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear by Jim Steinmeyer

Houdini by Clinton Cox

The Magician and the Cardsharp: The Search for America’s Greatest Sleight-of-Hand Artist by Karl Johnson


Movies and TV

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus


Big Fish


The Brothers Grimm

Death Defying Acts

Carnivale (HBO series)

Water for Elephants

The Greatest Show on Earth

La Strada

Wings of Desire

Cirque du Soleil (various performances)

The Seven faces of Dr. Lao

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