Paperback: 82 pages
Publisher: Michael E. Johnson (November 8, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Autograph hunters are a combination of hero worshipers, those who view acquisition of an authentic signature of select populations of famous persons, and compulsive hoarders, as well individuals who strain to make time stand still by having a `piece' of a beloved youth memory or experience. There are organizations devoted to collecting autographs of admired celebrities of various pursuits : sports figures, stage personalities, writers, politicians and even Magicians.Michael Johnson, himself an award winning Magician and also an award winning journalist, has crafted a book which comprises signatures of world famous conjurers. Johnson shares his adventures to satisfy his passion - getting the prestidigitator to sign a playing card or deck of cards while avoiding forgeries and while the same time getting a bargain. Readers of the book ("Autographs of Famous Magicians") will also find the names of magicians known only to other devotees of the magical arts.To view the signature brings back recollections of having seen the magician or having read his book. It brought back memories and with that smiles.Standing in line at an author's reading at a booksellers event, waiting for the author to sign his (now your book) achieves an emotional personal connection with someone you admire. People who do that are experiencing a glimpse of the psychology of the quest for fame and perhaps immortality.Michael Johnson is not a psychiatrist (I am) consequently he writes of the pure passion of collecting autographs of magicians without need of finding motivations.
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