|Magnum paperback, 1980. Cover illustration: Tony Roberts.|
"AD 2079. Sterling, an illusionist extraordinary and going one better than Houdini every time, is planning his greatest trick of all for next July Fourth. To pass through a hoop of molten silver - outside the Earth's atmosphere.
Arcad, drunken drop-out afraid of his psychokinetic poweers, is 'persuaded' to infiltrate the Sterling household, for political chicanery is suspected. Before the magic stops California is at war with the rest of America and thousands are in danger of political brainwashing."