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Illusions of Magic: Love and Intrigue in 1933 Chicago

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The withering of vaudeville was bad enough in 1933. Because of the Great Depression, bookings for stage magician Nick Zetner disappeared. With his marriage cracking under the strain, Nick reluctantly accepts a devious banker’s deal: He earns a generous reward if he retrieves photos stolen during a break-in at the bank. Along the way, a love he thought he’d forever lost rea ...more
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published April 17th 2016
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Ronovan Hester
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Illusions of Magic: Love and Intrigue in 1933 Chicago by J.B. Rivard is a historical novel with the assassination attempt on then President-elect Franklin Roosevelt’s life as one aspect. Nick Zetner is a magician who finds himself working among the criminal elements of 1933 Chicago to make money as the Depression and the film industry make the need for a magician act less desirable. Little does he realize that a romance from 20 years ago will play an important role in the dangerous mess he finds ...more
Stephanie
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Nick Zetner is "The Amazing Mr. Z," a magician in 1933 Chicago; however with the depression and prohibition, not many venues are booking a magic act. So, when Nick's brother-in-law offers him a different kind a job, Nick takes his chances and agrees to find and return stolen merchandise to a wealthy client. A bank has been broken into and all of the contents of the safety deposit boxes stolen, Nick will be paid a generous sum if he can return a specific envelope with scandalous pictures. When Ni ...more
Patty
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illusions of Magic is written in old fashioned, gumshoe style which is appropriate given the time it takes place and the plot. This does take a little getting used to for the reader. The main story is about a man who is trying to make a go of it as a magician but the Great Depression is really starting to take hold and there isn’t much free money around for entertainment. His marriage is falling apart and his landlady is getting a little aggravated with him.

Just as things seem to be at their wor
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Diana
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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"Illusions of Magic" was a very interesting read. Rivard created a very unique character. Rivard connects a fictional story and add the backdrop of a real life events of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Accomplishing a bigger task, we have the place taking place in Chicago. Nick Zetner is "The Amazing Mr. Z is the main character in the story and he was just as interesting as the historical background. The romantic and mystery sur
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Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I apologize for taking so long to read this book but kindle versions, I always put on the back burners while I read other books. I especially enjoyed the pen and ink drawing of J. B. Rivard, they really add to the charm of this book. It is set in my favorite large city Chicago, and he has captures the drama of the death of vaudeville, and the typical events they may have happened in the 30's. President Roosevelt and Mayor Cermak. There is love and intrigue, as promised and I look forward to seei ...more
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As a young child, J.B. Rivard began drawing by copying newspaper comics. In his teens, he drew illustrations for his high school’s award- winning yearbook. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and his artworks have appeared in more than fifty juried exhibitions, earning many prizes and awards. He’s an artist-member of the Salmagundi Club of New York City. The author draws on wide experienc ...more