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Treasures of the Library: the magic of blow books

11 October 2021

Sim sala bim! In this episode of Treasures of the Library, Senior Librarian Dominique Dunstan conjures up three examples of blow books from the WG Alma Conjuring Collection.

The origins of these unusual books span from 18th century France to contemporary Germany, when they would have been used as magic tricks by street performers and travelling conjurers.

These charming objects come alive in the hands of a skilled magician, and have endured and evolved through the centuries.

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