The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts

Jim Naremore

Winner Bronze Medal for Best First Book, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards.


No one fools us more than we fool ourselves.

Set against a backdrop of magic tricks, ghost stories, and attempts to communicate with the dead, The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts tells the story of Steve Kozwa—a former stage magician who's recently released from prison. Steve is working a dead-end job and clinging to one spark of hope: that he can somehow scrape together enough money to get to New Zealand and the fresh start his sister has promised.

His fragile existence is shattered by a poster advertising a magic show, and a magician Steve recognizes: his ex-lover, Fox Fellows. As Steve wrestles with conflicting emotions and memories, he tries to gain ground on his potential future, signing on to help an obsessive hunt to communicate with spirits. And, just when he's finally managed to get over the crux of his problem, an unforeseen catastrophe wipes everything away, and leaves Steve facing a dangerous and desperate set of choices.

"The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts is an incredibly well-polished character study of the ghosts that haunt us. . . Haunting, witty, romantic, magical. The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts presents a heart-wrenching magic show with flawed people staggering under the weight of all life can throw at them." -San Francisco Book Review (5 Star Review)

"The Arts of Legerdemain is entertaining, suspenseful, and well-written. Jim Naremore has created a marvelous masterpiece." -Urban Book Reviews (5 Star Review)

Jim Naremore is one of the many new authors and poets emerging from Indianapolis today. After over twenty-five years of working with NGOs, non-profits, and the public sector, on issues including the environment, social justice, homelessness, poverty, the arts, and education, Jim recently began writing fiction full time. Jim lives with his partner, a talented writer in her own right, and their two college-aged sons, under the dispassionate gaze of a 30-foot mural of Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut.