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Harry Houdini (1874–1926)

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Verk av Harry Houdini

Houdini on Magic (1953) 198 exemplar
Hur tjuvar gör och tänker (1906) 123 exemplar
A magician among the spirits (1972) 105 exemplar
On Deception (2009) 59 exemplar
Houdini's Paper Magic (2001) 47 exemplar
The unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908) 16 exemplar
Houdini's book of magic (1979) 4 exemplar
The Man From Beyond [1922 silent film] (1922) — Screenwriter; Actor — 3 exemplar
Handcuff secrets (1907) 3 exemplar
Magic 2 exemplar
The Houdini Souvenir Program (1979) 1 exemplar
Trick drawings 1 exemplar
American magicians 1 exemplar
The black art 1 exemplar
[Scrapbook] 1 exemplar
Occult science 1 exemplar

Associerade verk

Weird Tales (1988) — Bidragsgivare — 270 exemplar
Imprisoned with the Pharaohs [Novelette] (1924) — Författare, vissa utgåvor18 exemplar
Elliott's Last Legacy (2011) — Redaktör, vissa utgåvor3 exemplar


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I think it's sad that this short book on detecting frauds and scams is still (for the most part) as relevant as it was when Houdini wrote it over 100 years ago.
lpg3d | 2 andra recensioner | Nov 12, 2022 |
I acquired this as a free, legal download from

In this fascinating book, first published in 1924, Harry Houdini lays out the evidence that the Spiritualism fad is bunk. The 1920s saw a rise in this religion in the aftermath of the Great War; many families were left grieving and desperate for contact with the beyond, and as ever, grifters emerge to take advantage of their plights.

Harry Houdini considered these people beyond despicable and did everything in his power to prove seances, levitation, dematerialization, spirit photography, and other tricks of the trade were pure bunk--the same sorts of sleight-of-hand he practiced in his own shows, only he made no claim that what he did was 'magic.' His voice comes across as emphatic and genuine. He's a man who, in truth, wants Spiritualism to be real so that he can be in contact with his beloved mother again, or talk with the other deceased friends with whom he developed secrets codes with in case they could indeed communicate with him from Summerland or whatever one wishes to call the next world. He had yet to find such proof.

In this book, he discusses not only how seance tricks are done--sometimes with explanatory illustrations--but also the psychology behind the trickery. In particular, he explores how highly intelligent people can succumb to the delusion--most notably his (former) friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--and how Spiritualism can drive people into poverty, insanity, and suicide.

Unlike many century-old books, Houdini's text is highly readable. This is really a fast and fascinating read, and not a short one, either. It's about 300 pages. I'm left with a profound sense of respect for Houdini. His passion and concern ring true. He did good work.
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ladycato | 1 annan recension | Jun 1, 2019 |
This book combines excerpts from Houdini's out-of-print book 'The Right Way to Do Wrong' with articles by Houdini on the practice of magic and other entertainments in his time (late 19th and early 20th century). The book excerpts were the most interesting to me, covering criminal activities in some detail, including various forms of con game, but also burglary and sometimes elaborate heists. There are articles explaining how Sword Swallowers and other side-show attractions perform their tricks, and a bit about Houdini's own escape techniques. A surprising article gives practical advice on breaking ciphers, one of Houdini's less well known talents. Other articles discuss his encounters with some of his imitators and rivals: all prove to be frauds compared to Houdini, the self-proclaimed "Handcuff King and Prison Breaker".… (mer)
BobCulley | 2 andra recensioner | Jan 9, 2014 |
recoge, a partir de entrevistas a delincuentes y policías, sus hallazgos en lo referente a los métodos mas infalibles para cometer un crimen y salir airoso del asunto. también describe trucos de magia y sus secretos. libro curioso sin mas.
pedrolopez | 2 andra recensioner | Jul 3, 2013 |


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