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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.[1] 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.

Peter Karl Lamont
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh

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)


  • Lamont, P; Bates, C. (2007). Conjuring Images of India in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Social History 32 (3): 308-324.
  • Lamont, P. (2004). Spiritualism and a Mid-Victorian Crisis of Evidence. Historical Journal 47 (4): 897-920.