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performing science, magic, and
Fred Nadis
rutgers university press
new brunswick, new jersey and london
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Nadis, Fred, 1957–
Wonder shows : performing science, magic, and religion in America / Fred Nadis.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-8135-3515-8 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1. Science news —United States —History —19th century. 2. Science news —United
States —History —20th century. 3. Magic shows —United States —History —19th century.
4. Magic shows —United States —History —20th century. 5. Revivals —United States —
History —19th century 6. Revivals —United States —History —20th century. I. Title.
Q225.N335 2005
791.1— dc22
A British Cataloging-in-Publication record for this book is available from the British Library.
Copyright © 2005 by Fred Nadis
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from the publisher. Please contact Rutgers University Press, 100 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscat-
away, NJ 08854 – 8099. The only exception to this prohibition is “fair use” as defined by U.S.
copyright law.
Manufactured in the United States of America
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