Houdini on Magic

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Walter Brown Gibson, Morris N. Young
Courier Corporation, 1953 - Games & Activities - 280 pages
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Harry Houdini s fame is secure as the greatest magician of modern times. Many of his fabulous escapes, indeed, now sound more like legend than history, yet they really happened. He permitted himself to be thrown, manacled, into the Hudson River; to be nailed into packing cases and lowered into the ocean; to be suspended by the ankles, strait-jacketed, hundreds of feet above the ground and in every case escaped easily.
This book is Houdini s own account of these exploits, supplemented with rare photographs and posters, first-hand material from periodicals and pamphlets, and behind-the-scenes revelations of some of the master s most prized secrets: how he picked locks, how he sawed a girl in half to become twins, how he walked through a brick wall, how a girl can vanish from a sheet of plate glass without trapdoors, hoists, mirrors, or other such apparatus.
There are also instructions for performing 44 stage tricks, including the coin and glass, the Indian needle trick, and other standards. These are illustrated with diagram sequences that cover every step in performance. Finally, of special interest to many readers are Houdini s accounts of great magicians of history and of Houdini s own battles with spiritualists and fraudulent mediums."
 

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It should go without saying that devotees of magic as a performing art will love this book. Even today, Harry Houdini (1874-1926), who came to fame during the Vaudeville era, is still regarded as the ... Read full review

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Walter B. Gibson was a prolific writer. His specialty included hobbies, magic and games. He created radio's most famous thriller: The Shadow, and subsequently wrote scripts for more than 2500 episodes and nearly 300 novels based on its characters. He served as the first vice president of the Magician's Guild of America. Gibson lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Morris Young is an associate professor of English at Miami University, where he teaches courses in rhetoric and composition, literacy studies, and Asian American literature." "

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