Fooling Houdini: Adventures in the World of Magic

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Random House, Jul 5, 2012 - Games & Activities - 320 pages
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Alex Stone, part of the underground magic circuit, is determined to take his lifelong hobby to the professional level, to reach the pinnacle of this bizarre world and become a master magician.

Combining his passion for magic with his studies in Physics, Stone takes us on a journey through a strange and colourful subculture of brilliant characters - a blind card sharp, street-hustlers, Las Vegas showmen and world-leading scientists - as he seeks answers to the questions about the limits of perception and the psychology of deception and decision-making. By pulling back the curtain, Stone reveals the principles and history of some of the greatest tricks ever performed.

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User Review  - bensdad00 - LibraryThing

Light and entertaining. Not an in-depth exploration of any of the subjects mentioned in the subtitle, this is more of a personal memoir than a scientific overview. Read full review

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

This excellent book is more than just a book about magic. It's a mashup of topics and styles, each of which make for fascinating reading. It's a coming-of-age story, a phoenix-rising story, a ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Alex Stone has written for Harper’s, Discover, Science, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City.

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