In Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, the year is 1954, and Henry Walker is the titular illusionist traveling the American South with Jeremiah Mosgrove’s Chinese Circus. Once a renowned performer who purportedly made a pact with the devil (Mr. Sebastian) for his powers, Henry is now a parody of his former self, drawing crowds as much for his ineptitude as for the novelty of performing as a black magician. When Henry disappears one night, fellow circus performers recount his tragic fall from grace. As with other magic stories, nothing is quite what it seems, and Wallace (who wrote the novel Big Fish) conjures up an overreaching tale that blurs fantasy and reality. Too often, Magician reveals its hand before hooking in its readers, leaving little room for wonder. C+
Mr. Sebastian and the Negro MagicianIn Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, the year is 1954, and Henry Walker is the titular illusionist traveling the American South with...Mr. Sebastian and the Negro MagicianFictionDaniel WallaceIn Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, the year is 1954, and Henry Walker is the titular illusionist traveling the American South with...2007-07-30Doubleday
Genre: Fiction; Author: Daniel Wallace; Publisher: Doubleday
Posted July 30 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Casting Net: Patricia Arquette to voice witch in Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr.
- Caitlyn Jenner practices her 'feminine voice' in 'I Am Cait' clip
- Dwayne Johnson on Hulk Hogan's racist rant: 'We've all talked trash'
- Jared Padalecki posted his first-ever #TBT: 13 more 'Supernatural' throwbacks
- Betty White is furious about the killing of Cecil the lion
- Fox cancels Ryan Seacrest's 'Knock Knock Live' after 2 episodes
- 'The Walking Dead' Season 6: 12 EW exclusive photos
- 10 must-have items from the 'Mad Men' auction: Exclusive
- Stars go back to work! 'Scandal,' 'Arrow,' 'The Good Wife,' more return to set
- Charlie Hunnam and Excalibur glisten in 'King Arthur' first look photos
- Here are the 2015 games we're looking forward to most
- Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, Candace & Lori and More!