Peter Lamont (historian)

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Peter Karl Lamont is a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, working on the history, theory and performance of magic. He is an award-winning magician, Member of The Magic Circle, and a former president of the Edinburgh Magic Circle. He has performed and lectured across the world.

He is the author of The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick: The Biography of a Legend, which discusses the Indian rope trick, and The first psychic: the peculiar mystery of a Victorian wizard , which traces the life and times of the "first psychic" Daniel Dunglas Home, a Scottish medium, born in Edinburgh.


  • Lamont, P. (2013) Extraordinary beliefs: a historical approach to a psychological problem (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
  • Lamont, P. (2005). The first psychic: the peculiar mystery of a notorious Victorian wizard (London: Little, Brown)
  • Lamont, P. (2004) The rise of the Indian rope trick: biography of a legend (London: Little, Brown)
  • Lamont, P. & Wiseman, R. (1999). Magic in theory: an introduction to the theoretical and psychological elements of conjuring (Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press)

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