The Miser’s Dream – “Mystery but Not Magic”

July 17, 2015


The Miser’s Dream by John Gaspard

The first half of this book is good that just gets better and better. I am a fan of magic, old movies and cozy detective stories (murder in a locked room). The author, John Gaspard, has a way of making information interesting, pertinent and best of all insightful.

I like the narrator, who has somewhat of an inferiority complex about how he compares to a visiting magician. Enjoy his relationship to his uncle and a group of his uncle’s friends who are all magicians. And Eli Marks’ girlfriend is a new-age spiritualist who adds another dimension to all this.

But, I didn’t care for the title, a magic trick. The name needs to stand on its own. Nor the theater full of people witnessing the rival, Quinton Moon, making a fool out of himself while trying to demonstrate how a monkey was part of a murder. And I thought the  conclusion. the long drawn out, Clever but far-fetched.

I think about magician Teller’s quote, “Magic is not something you pick apart with machines, because it’s not really about the mechanics of your senses. Magic’s about understanding—and then manipulating—how viewers digest the sensory information.”

I feel all the pieces of the puzzle fit together, but I’ wasn’t on my feet at the end in wonder. I wanted magic. Magic. MAGIC!

3 out of 5_edited-1


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