A Magician Among the Spirits by Harry Houdini Effect The Original Manuscript, from the Christopher Collection – In , Houdini’s prized effort, A Magician. Cambridge Core – History of Ideas and Intellectual History – A Magician among the Spirits – by Harry Houdini. A MAGICIAN. AMONG THE SPIRITS. BY. HOUDINI. Illustrated. Publishers. HARPER & BROTHERS. New York and London. MCMXXIV.

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It was largely this book that led to a fatal quarrel between Houdini and his longtime friend Arthur Conan Doyle which ended up ending their friendship. Read our privacy policy.

Collector’s Library of the Unknown. Maria rated it really liked it Aug 13, splrits A wonderful example of what a good nonfiction book should be.

I felt this especially with this book, houddini even wished that I could meet Houdini, could have met Houdini when he was alive. Mar 09, Blake rated it really liked it.

A Magician Among the Spirits by Harry Houdini

mavician View our Frequent Questions. Rex Harris rated it it was amazing Mar 25, This is not the edition I saw, which was a pamphlet in ‘library binding’ which covers a multitude of sins. Cambridge University Press Amazon.

Though the book was written largely as a manual to disarm and dissemble the con artists that were preying on people in his day, the two things that showed through his writing which was at houdinii humorously sarcastic and at other times deliberate was his immense breadth of knowledge of magic tricks and his pure and genuine love of people. Houdini also points to his friend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, clearly a man of great intellect but swayed by the deaths of a son, brother and brother-in-law during WW1, making him desperate for contact.

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I was also quite interested in the relationship between Sir Author Conan Doyle a magiciwn and Houdini a skeptic. The Other Brothers This book is interesting to anybody that considers psychics to be royal scumbags, and you should and funny I really enjoyed how sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried The only thing that holds this book back is its age. Harry Houdiniwhose real name was Erik Weisz, was one of the most famous magicians and escapologists of all time.

Houdini is quick to affirm that he most definitely believed in a higher power and an afterlife. While I didn’t always fully agree with Houdini’s personal thoughts on the topic, this was one highly fascinating read.

Houdini’s take on the spiritualist movement during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Abby rated it it was amazing Dec 12, He made arrangements in the form of codes and suchlike with his wife and brother to try to test the possibility of such communications.

Mar 23, Theobald Mary rated it it was amazing. Because I didn’t want to finish it and give it back. Now Richard Kaufman and Maurine Christopher have published the original amonb manuscript houdkni facsimile, with handwritten corrections by Houdini and Oscar Teale. He did not delude himself sppirits otherwise lie. The whole country got excited by Houdini’s campaign against faking spiritualists. And it revealed a side to spiritualism not much seen- empathy and compassion for its proponents, the tragedy behind it; from its beginnings to the many, grieving people defrauded.

Feb 01, Aaron rated it it was amazing. And I note that he never did quite lose hope that it was possible to communicate with the dead.

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A Magician Among the Spirits

As a taste of things to come, he ends his introduction with the words: Shop with confidence thanks to our Price Matching Policy. To my delight, Houdini describes many of the tricks that he discovered mediums using. This is his expose This is a must for any magician or critical thinker’s library.

S can spend it on anything you like at Penguin, just like cash. He was however, a capable investigator and it is saddening that sense has not prevailed and these disgusting examples of humanity continue to profit from tricking the credulous and bereaved.

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I honestly do believe there are things we or at least I, I guess I should say lol have experienced that don’t easily have scientific explanation. See a site map. It was so good, I wanted to stretch it out and make it last as long as possible.

Sep 14, P. The premise is accurate—they really were friends but were in complete disagreement about the authenticity of mediums.

Jan 14, Ken Wyne rated it really liked it. Oct 29, Kyra rated it it was amazing. An excellent review of the trick and deceptions attendant on Spiritualism.

Mar 31, Dianne rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting read for anyone interested in history of “Spiritualism”.