Illusions of Magic

The Illustrated Novel by J.B. Rivard


A magician short of bookings

A banker with a secret

A woman missing for 20 years

In Illusions of Magic, a rich, devious banker engages magician Nick Zetner to retrieve compromising photos. Along the way, Nick regains a love he thought he’d lost. As Chicago reels from the fatal wounding of its mayor by a bullet meant for Franklin D. Roosevelt, love and duty clash, the quest risks Nick’s magic… then turns deadly.   Read the Preview

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Illusions of Magic, set in Chicago in early 1933, does a masterful job of telling the highly entertaining love story between an out-of-work magician and his old flame... Rivard creates a historically accurate background for his cast of fascinating characters, creating a moving novel...”
Dr. Willard Oliver, Professor at Sam Houston State University and co-author of Killing the President.
Illusions of Magic, a story of political intrigue in 1930s Chicago, is written in an informative, yet entertaining style. Rivard weaves into his narrative the true story of Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak’s murder and he does it with accuracy and complete authenticity . . . Each chapter powers along, insisting you read ‘just one more’ part. The taut writing has a ‘made for the movies’ tension...”
Mel Ayton, author of The Forgotten Terrorist and Hunting the President.
“[The] writing is very good: the characters were vividly drawn; [it] kept me wanting to keep turning the pages [and] captured the history and ‘feel’ of Chicago in the 1930s.”
John Wilson, author; Dean and Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law (retired).
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The Collectors Print Edition (CPE) contains the full text of ILLUSIONS OF MAGIC, all the author’s illustrations, plus a special “Author’s Word” preface, in a 6” x 9” deluxe 216-page, glossy cover edition by Gray Dog Press of Spokane, Washington.

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