John Dee served as Queen Elizabeth I’s court astrologer and conducted séances in an attempt to speak to angels.
The acclaimed poet and notorious occultist were at odds, so they decided to resolve it the old-fashioned way: by having a magic duel.
Find out how the word legerdemain came to be, why medieval spectators of the cups and balls illusion had to watch their pockets, and more in this list of fun and fantastical facts about the history of magic.
In the early 20th century, Harry Houdini's death-defying escape acts thrilled onlookers and baffled fellow magicians. Here are 10 incredible facts about him.
In 1924, the famed escape artist and paranormal skeptic stepped foot into one of the most infamous haunted houses in America. He left with some advice for its owners.
The magic trick of sawing a woman in half was first performed a century ago by P.T. Selbit, a British magician.
Learn how Harry Houdini betrayed his namesake, why people were wary of the cups and balls illusion, and more facts from the history of magic.