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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Houdini A Magician Among the Spiri

Feel free to contact us. There were letters in the book that the two gents sent each other. View our Frequent Questions. The letter writing style in the twenties seems so much more personal then today’s e-mails.

If the day came that their popularity was showing signs of waning, these mediums would often quietly announce their retirement before the truth behind their act was sniffed out. It might be an interesting companion volume to this book to add Houdini’s wife’s and brother’s accounts of attempts to communicate with him posthumously.

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A Magician Among the Spirits

To ask other readers questions about A Magician Among the Spiritsplease sign up. Magiciam the article, Houdini responds with a verbal “this is what was really going on” peek behind the curtain of his shows. Interesting from an historical perspective. Little Door by R.

He had a sense of honor about fakery – he was honest that his magic was illusory, and he despised those who foisted off illusion as truth.

There is a feeling that comes with certain books that the auth This book took me a long time to read, but not because I didn’t love it.

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A Magician Among the Spirits by Harry Houdini

I think it is important to keep in mind the time in magicia he was writing this, take into account that he’s saying that in HIS time he had yet to see anything he could not explain.


This book belongs on the shelf of every skeptic or debunker.

If he’d had a less religious bent, he might have turned to psychotherapists. The edition is limited to copies. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Just complete your order as normal, and within seconds you’ll get an email with your gift certificate. I read it for research. Recently I came across a copy of A Magician Among The Spirits, written by Houdini himself in which he not only gives his own spirjts of what went down between him and Doyle but also how Houdini came to be such a force in bringing down the Spiritualism movement as a whole.

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Jan 04, Valerie added it. I honestly do believe there are things we or at least I, Uoudini guess I should say lol have experienced that don’t easily have scientific explanation. 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.

Cambridge University Press Amazon. In reality, anything that can be done can be faked. Though the book was written largely as a manual to disarm and dissemble the con artists that were p While I was expecting more technical explication, Houdini presents his extensive research on the then epidemic wave of Spiritualism in a logical, forthright, and pleasant manner. This was a fascinating read.

Lists with This Book. Unfortunately, he also had a tendency toward bullying, which is a too-common trait of activist skeptics. As the son of a magjcian, Houdini would probably have been uncomfortable about some of the allies he attracted, including people who argued that it was blasphemous to even try to contact the dead cf the discussion of spiritualism in Sayers’ Strong Poison.

Now Richard Kaufman and Maurine Christopher have published the original typed manuscript in facsimile, with handwritten corrections by Houdini and Oscar Teale. Where It Has To. It is an insight to the most awful parts of human nature Houdini opened his mind to Spiritualism in hopes of communicating with his deceased mother, but with his background in magic, knew that nothing that was being offered houdinl the mediums was anything more than parlor tricks.


Instead, he says, he realized he was able to explain virtually everything he saw in terms of distraction and slight of hand tricks magicians employ all the time.

Houdini turned to the spiritualists in an attempt to establish contact with his deceased mother, whom he felt he had neglected. Subscriptions Top Inventors 1. Jul 07, Brandon rated it really liked it.

The whole country Harry Houdini and his exposure of the fraud spiritualist, spirit photography, spirit slate writing, ectoplasm, clairvoyance, and other quackery and cons perpetrated on the gullible, by the likes of the Boston Medium Margery, the Davenport Brothers, Annie Eva Fay, the Fox Sisters, Daniel Dunglas Home, Eusapia Pallandino, and other con artists of their ilk.

It is dated, of course, but the second half of the book did tell how Spiritualist cheated their followers. The Other Brothers Winn rated it it was amazing. Harry Houdini, whose birth name in Hungary was Erik Weisz which was changed to Ehrich Weiss when he immigrated to the United Stateswas a Jewish Hungarian American magician, escapologist widely regarded as one of the greatest ever and stunt performer, as well as a skeptic and investigator of spiritualists, film producer and actor.

One group of people Houdini alienated by these attacks on the spiritualists was other professional magicians, who had always felt that Houdini magicain something of an arrogant braggart–and who resented professional secrets being aired so publicly. Harry Houdini forever changed the world of magic and escapes.

Sep 18, Angie Fehl rated it really liked it.