De magia ritual a arte escénico. La Biblioteca de Ilusionismo
This exhibition, which inaugurates the Magia a ojos vistas (Magic in Plain Sight) series, brings together a selection of the most valuable books housed in the Juan March Foundation’s Library of Illusionism, whose 2,200 volumes and 50 specialised magazines not only make it Spain’s most comprehensive but also one of the world’s most interesting libraries of its kind. The library stems from the donation in 1988 of the personal library of José Puchol Montís, an engineer and keen amateur magician who also founded the Magic School of Madrid, together with Juan Tamariz and others.
Among other tomes, the exhibition includes the oldest book on magic published in Spanish, Engaños a ojos vistas y diversión de trabajos mundanos, fundada en lícitos juegos de manos (Deceptions in Plain Sight and Amusement with Mundane Works, Based on Licit Sleight of Hand), by Pablo Minguet, published in 1733. Together with the other publications that go to make up this exhibition, this is a veritable compendium of the history of illusionism and types of magic, from card tricks to research into the relationship between illusionism and neuroscience.
The Magic in Plain Sight series of activities is taking place in collaboration with the Juan March Foundation