I haven't received the issue, but I finished reading the book last night. Superb. Each chapter begins with a quotation from a magician or magic thinker, and the chapter entitled "Solomon" quotes David Devant:
"A conjuring performance cannot be properly appreciated by anyone who does not know something about the art."
I truly believe this. No, it's beyond a "belief" - I know it from personal experience. I was an indifferent magic audience before I took up the study of magic. The craze for "secrets" - the idea that ignorance is the basis of wonder - robs people of a knowledge of one of magic's fundamental beauties. Magic is more wonderful, more impressive, when you have some idea of the thinking and creativity behind it.
Every magician should read this book and be perfectly conversant with its contents, and recommend it to laypeople, and give it out as a holiday gift. It's the perfect antidote to masked-magician shows. You get the "secrets of magic" all right, but set in their proper context within magic's rich history, and explained by a knowledgeable, personable, respectful guide.