Like any other fourteen year-old, Alex has to contend with all that family, friends, school and local busy-bodies throw at him. If he is to realise his dream of being a renowned illusionist, he must respect the older man’s seemingly strange obsession with privacy and seclusion. He wants to learn from his mentor more than anything else, but this means hours of practice, keeping secrets from his mum and his best friend, and gaining experience in (mis)directing the attention of an audience. Alex soon persuades his teachers to let him perform some illusions as part of the forthcoming school play. Is he ready for the audience ... and are they ready for him? Meanwhile as he uncovers the closely guarded arts of magic, he must face the greatest mysteries of all: Who is this remarkable magician who has taken him under his wing? Why has he chosen to give Alex the most extraordinary secrets of magic? What is he hiding about his shrouded past?
Alex Roebuck, an ordinary kid with a talent for illusions, doesn’t have magical parents, nor is he whisked away to a secret wizardry academy. There are no magic incantations, but there are plenty of illusions – every reader is there alongside Alex as he learns how they work. There’
The Magician in the Attic, the first book in the Curlew Chronicles series is available from today on most eBook platforms. The print edition will be launched by Elsewhen Press at the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention in London, in August.
Caspian is a thirty-something UK-based illusionist. His style of both writing and performing smacks of the classics with his own modern twist. Approaching twenty years in the magic and deception business led naturally to writing fiction with some deceptive twists and turns. Originally from Bristol his work has taken him all over the world and he is always on the lookout for the next original idea for an illusion or a plot twist that hasn’t been done before. Outside of work his passions include his faith, steampunk and other Victorianisms, pool, movies and having a near full glass in a near empty bar.
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