The Man Who Was Magic: A Fable of Innocence.
. Doubleday . Garden City, N.Y.
PS3513.A413 M44 1966 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I found this a perfect story for reading on the train. It captivated me, and I had no trouble enjoying it to the finish. It is really a novel-length parable that sometimes tends toward allegory. In brief, this man is magic, while all the professional magicians are just tricking people. The story touches on the central question of what is real and on competition, wonder, and affection.