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What is magic? - The Black Arts and the White - A farming family goes to the Devil! - Did Nevil Maskelyne practise witchcraft? - The Maskelyne tradition - "J.N." becomes a watchmaker - Friendship with Cooke - Attending spiritualistic seances - Advent of the Davenports.
There are a number of answers to the question "What is magic?". Doubtless some of my readers who have played faro or highball poker with strangers can give one definition. Victims of the three-card trick or the manipulated dice have their own ideas. People who, in these enlightened times, still openly believe in ghosts, spirit manifestations, and wart-charming, can explain yet another form of magic, though they cannot explain it away.
For myself, I believe in only one sort of mystification, and that is White Magic. I grant a respectful reservation towards the Black Arts, not because I can practise them myself, but as the result of some rather eerie experiences which I shall detail later.
In the main, however, this book, being a history of the Magic House of Maskelyne, deals with the gentle art of illusion only, and the adventures that have befallen three generations of us who have made a living by deluding the public.
Other wizards - the share-pushers and gold-brick sellers of our times - have perhaps been even more financially successful, and had more exciting lives.