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Literati Bookstore Presents Magician Nate Staniforth

Literati is thrilled to welcome magician Nate Staniforth to our second floor events space in support of Here is Real Magic, an extraordinary memoir about finding wonder in everyday life. 

This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be limited, so plan on arriving early! Limited standing room will be available. 

The event is a 90 minute presentation with, yes, magic! Book Signing to follow. 

Here's Sharon's review:

"During the early part of his life, my father was an amateur magician. He relished being clever and entertaining, but what he truly enjoyed was the excitement he created. He knew that magic can transport you from everyday life to a moment of wonder. Here Is Real Magic is not a book about tricks & magic shows, but an insightful memoir about human nature & self-discovery. Staniforth always wanted to be a magician and worked hard to become good enough to tour thorughout the U.S.. It was great until it wasn't. Disillusioned, he traveled to India, the home of legendary street magicians, in the hope of experiencing "real magic." He hoped to rekindle his spirit and rediscover the joy of magic.  And... he did, but not where or how he expected. The magic is here." 

About Nate and the book:  "A vivid, deeply compelling, startlingly personal account of life on the far side of the illusion." --Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians Trilogy

Nate Staniforth has spent most of his life and all of his professional career trying to understand wonder--what it is, where to find it, and how to share it with others. He became a magician because he learned at a young age that magic tricks don't have to be frivolous. Magic doesn't have to be about sequins and smoke machines--rather, it can create a moment of genuine astonishment. 

But after years on the road as a professional magician, crisscrossing the country and performing four or five nights a week, every week, Nate was disillusioned, burned out, and ready to quit. Instead, he went to India in search of magic. Here Is Real Magic follows Nate Staniforth's evolution from an obsessed young magician to a broken wanderer and back again. It tells the story of his rediscovery of astonishment--and the importance of wonder in everyday life--during his trip to the slums of India, where he infiltrated a three-thousand-year-old clan of street magicians. Here Is Real Magic is a call to all of us--to welcome awe back into our lives, to marvel in the everyday, and to seek magic all around us.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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