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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Feb 01, Aaron rated it it was amazing. Coincidentally, the great magician, Harry Houdini, wrote a book that was published inthe year that the mystery I am currently writing takes place.

Trivia About A Magician Among Mwgician 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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A Magician Among the Spirits

If he’d houdino a less religious bent, he might have turned to psychotherapists. This page oversized book is adorned with the same sepia-toned rare photograph of Houdini that accompanies the manuscript. One pretty funny example he gives is a reprint of an article someone wrote about one of his performances, claiming that Houdini couldn’t possibly be human to pull off the feats he did.

Even though this wasn’t an autobiographical work, Houdini’s personality and his humanitarian interest show through and prove Houdini as the perfect narrator for a non-fiction study that might otherwise have been dry and dead on the page. 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.

Selected pages Title Page. In this book, published inhe described the mediums and psychics whom he revealed as fraudulent, exposing the tricks which had convinced many notable scientists and academics.

One group of people Houdini alienated by these attacks on the spiritualists was other professional magicians, who had always felt that Houdini was something of an arrogant braggart–and who resented professional secrets being aired so publicly. A magician among the spirits Harry Houdini Snippet view – Harry goes into great detail on how psychics trick people and steal their money. It was a heyday not only for Houdini but for the spirit-callers and there was an equally famous protagonist who thought the spirits could indeed be contacted, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


To my delight, Houdini describes many of the tricks that he discovered mediums using. Whether you believe in communication with the dead or not, you’ll enjoy reading of the many ways fake mediums created the impression that they add direct access to the spirits.

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 infuriated him that these so-called spiritual mediums were making quite comfortable livings off the grief of people desperate for any connection with their lost loved ones.

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Tales of psychics from the last 19th to early 20th century. Go read it, and find out for yourself. A Magician Among the Spirits. Interesting from an historical perspective.

Jul 11, Elizabeth Kadetsky rated it liked it. Houidini says spiruts himself had arrangements with 14 different people, including his wife and his personal secretary, to give the agreed upon sign handshake or code word if any of them should pass.

The original typed manuscript for A Magician Among The Spirits survives in Milbourne Christopher’s collection, unread except by a few people, for nearly half a century.

A Magician Among the Spirits by Harry Houdini

Amber rated it it was amazing Oct 05, I learned a lot from it Meg rated it it was amazing Oct 19, A photo at the front records a meeting between Houdini and Doyle and Houdini gives Doyle his own chapter. Houdini is quick a,ong affirm that he most definitely believed magiician a higher power and an afterlife. As the son of a rabbi, 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’ Amkng Poison.


He did not delude himself or otherwise lie. Covered in black cloth and housed in a matching slipcase. I think that deep down, Houdini wished that Spiritualism was real- but he could not refuse the facts, and accepted them maagician. He debunks their methods and shows how his own sleight of hand tricks are used to fool the gullible public.

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This is a must for any magician or critical spieits library. The book is a fascinating account of superstition and gullibility. You can spend it on anything you like at Penguin, just like cash. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I think it is important to keep in mind the time in which he was writing this, take into account that he’s saying that hokdini HIS time he had yet to see anything he could not explain.

A great magician and a man in search of a life hereafter, takes on the phonies as his search continues to see if their really is something on the other side.

Houdini A Magician Among the Spiri

Books by Harry Houdini. He careened through the country, offering spiris for spirit contacts he couldn’t duplicate by admitted magical chicanery. Where It Has To.