Illusions of Magic: Love and Intrigue in 1933 Chicago :
Illusions abound. Connie's illusion is a better life with someone else. Hinkley's illusion is a return to earlier times. Sossek's illusion is money without work. And Giuseppe Zangara's illusion is to "fix the world" by killing FDR. Illusions of Magic is the story of a victim of vaudeville's demise and the Great Depression. Magician Nick Zetner embarks on a risky quest to regain his life. Along the way, a love he thought he'd forever lost is rekindled. Is this a promise of magic, or is it another illusion? The question plays during nineteen days of political upheaval, the last nineteen days of Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak's life. Mayor Cermak was wounded by a bullet intended for Franklin D. Roosevelt during the little-known, but true-life assassination attempt on the president-elect, Feb. 15, 1933. In modern style, this novel ranges through historic Chicago, its comedy and magic, exposing the intrigues and foibles of the City's famous and infamous, while the engrossing tale of Nick Zetner's dreams, adversity and insight unfolds. The novel's characters and situations spring to life in the volume's marvelous pen-and-ink illustrations drawn by the author, a well-known and award-winning artist. ### Praise for Illusions of Magic "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.