a memoir

no ordinary magic

unexpected travels with the great cellini

eileen mcfalls author

A romantic adventure like no other!

The author and her renowned magician lover take the reader on an odyssey that spans continents and embraces the exciting and colorful life of a street performer.

Book Cover Photo: Cellini performing at Covent Garden, London, 1984
Photo by Eileen McFalls

Book cover of No Ordinary Magic

At twenty-five, Eileen McFalls embarked on a very unconventional journey after meeting an amazing street magician. While never a household name, Jim Cellini was a legend in the magic world, noted for his wit and skill when performing the impossible.

During the eighties, Eileen and Jim busked in more than a hundred cities and at dozens of festivals, encountering free spirits, misfits, and royalty.

A lively read full of tender and poignant moments, her memoir No Ordinary Magic recounts an uncommon life on the fringe.

A 327-page book with a 30-page insert of photos of busking scenes and artwork of street performers by Noel Rockmore. Paperback 6” x 9”

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No Ordinary Magic

Photo: The Elephant Fayre, 1984
The festival took place on the great lawn of the Port Eliot estate in St. Germans, Cornwall.
Left to right: comic clown Chris “de Pyss” Lynam, author and actor Heathcote Williams,
and the magician Cellini on the grounds at the Elephant Fayre.

Book page spread with image of magician Cellini, author Heathcote Williams, and comic clown Chris Lynam at Elephant Fayre in Cornwall, Great Britain.

Photo: Theater Spektakel, 1984
A first-class festival in every way, the Theater Spektakel took place on the shores
of Lake Zurich. Numerous tents served as venues, housed wonderful food,
and strolling buskers entertained all day and night. Cellini always drew a spectacular crowd.

Book page spread of magician Cellini performing at the Theater Spektakel in Zurich, Switzerland.


Thank You For Reading
I am thrilled by all the positive response I’ve had over these few years.
Thank you to all the readers who have supported my memoir.
For those of you who may be interested in reading, I welcome you.

Now available
as an eBook

Cover of No Ordinary Magic on a cellphone

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A Busker’s Life

No Ordinary Magic is an entertaining, genuine, and compassionate account of an uncommon life on the fringe.​

Experience this adventure of our roller-coaster life as street performers during the eighties, the ups and downs, and the famous and infamous characters we met along the way. Trekking across America, Canada, Great Britain, and Europe, Jim and I lived in a step van, then in a converted school bus, and finally we traveled by plane, train, and car. We busked on sidewalks and plazas, at festivals and fairs, and on occasion in a nightclub.

Throughout the book I did an in-depth, vivid portrait of Jim Cellini, a man who reinvented himself through the art of magic, as told through my lens, the young woman who loved him. I invite you to take this journey with me in navigating the road less traveled.

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Photo: Chilling in our bus, 1983
Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Photographer W.A. Bridges.

Photo: Cellini with the Cups and Balls, 1983
Calgary, Canada

Photo: Lounging outside our bus, 1983
Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Photographer W.A. Bridges.

Photo Bottom: Cellini performing the Cups and Balls, 1980
Jackson Square in the French Quarter, New Orleans

Ruby the bantam hen, Jim Cellini, and Eileen McFalls lounging inside their bus at the Piedmont Arts Festival in Atlanta, 1983.
Head shot of magician Cellini dressed in a purple shirt, gold and red vest, and red straw fedora with his silver cups and wand, taken in Calgary, Canada, 1983
Cellini and Eileen dressed in their performing outfits, leaning against their rust red bus outside under a beautiful blue sky.

what people
are saying

No Ordinary Magic is the best book I’ve
ever read!
—Tom Frank, Los Angeles, CA

No Ordinary Magic was a really lovely read, beautifully written, very compelling and I found it hard to put down.
—Tony Griffith, Bristol, UK

No Ordinary Magic is a beautifully detailed, honest look at the hard life of street performing, including the ups and downs, the cities explored, and the freaks, weirdos, and talented artists encountered along the way. More compellingly though, it reads like a love letter to a complicated magician who loved his art more than anything. The Great Cellini wanted neither wealth nor fame; he just wanted to live free and share his magic with the world. Reading about the spell he put on Eileen and their adventures together was thrilling.
—Brett Sears, Cincinnati, OH

If you love reading memoirs that include quirky characters, fabulous settings, and all kinds of magic, then this book is for you. Eileen’s story brings you people and places you didn’t ever think you would know but will be glad you did.
—Barbara Barry Levin, Professor Emerita, UNC-Greensboro

No Ordinary Magic is so much more than a memoir of Eileen McFalls’s adventures. It is a love letter to Cellini, a love letter to magic, and most importantly a love letter to life.
—Chad Engelbert, Memphis, TN

I absolutely love this book! The author takes the reader on a fascinating journey to a side of life not many of us see. No Ordinary Magic is a story you’ll not soon forget!
—Kathe Martin, Greensboro, NC

I was spellbound! Your book is magical in so many unexpected ways.
—Francesco Sclavo, Cuneo, Italy

You painted such great imagery with your words, such characters!
—Ralis Kahn, Los Angeles, CA

Take a front row seat on this adventure and experience a world and time that no longer exist.
—Michael Vincent, London, UK

What a wonderful memoir! No Ordinary Magic frames a fabulous tribute to Jim Cellini’s devotion to the art of magic and his willingness to take risks, embrace challenges, and do whatever had to be done in order to perfect his performances. This is no “sugar coated” account of the romantic busker life but rather a stunning review of the trials and tribulations the author endured as she and Cellini toured the globe. It’s entertaining, honest, and compassionate—an absolute delight to read and contemplate!
—J. Hunter Gaul, Honey Brook, PA

I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a great read. No Ordinary Magic is beautifully written with some fantastic descriptive language that transports you into Eileen’s world, which include the good, the bad, and the ugly.
—David Lowe, Manchester, UK

A chance encounter leads to a romance so magical it sets two lovers on an astonishing adventure cross-country, overseas,
and back again.
—Sage Chioma, Chioma Transformational Consulting

Wow…what a fantastic book! Thank you for putting words and pictures to paper and sharing your journey with Cellini. It was a wonderful “read.”
—Matt Herbert, Kirkland, WA

I’ve never read a magic history book quite like No Ordinary Magic. It was an absorbing story, beautifully and honestly told, with a level of intimate detail that I seldom see in magic memoirs. I truly felt that I was along for the ride as I followed your adventures. I have spent 35 years studying and writing about women in magic, and your book was eye-opening. Thank you for sharing Jim’s story and yours.
—Michael Claxton, Searcy, AR

What a read! No Ordinary Magic made my heart sing and my soul dream. Thank you for sharing it with me.
—Alexandre Gagné-Greffard, Montreal, Canada


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