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Houdini on Magic by Harry Houdini This inspiring work by the master himself will help magicians of all levels find the passion within the art. Highly Recommended!!!
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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!

Houdini 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, he 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 fully-illustrated with diagram sequences that cover every step in the performance. Finally, of special interest to many readers are Houdini's own accounts of great magicians of history and of Houdini's own battles with spiritualists and fraudulent mediums.

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Paperbound, 288 5 3/8" by 8" pages, 155 illustrations.

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
I really don't understand why this has gotten such good reviews. I found that if you aren't a Houdini fan, it won't benefit you much. It's more like a bunch of Houdini stunts revealed. Not necessarily methods or teaching, but just saying how he might have fooled you with something. there is some short biographical stuff in it, some close up, and even a little historical references to some greats at the time. But overall I hated this book. SOrry
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
If you are a magician who likes Harry Houdini, this is a great read. You will learn about the history of his magic and even some of his secrets. If you are looking for new magic to do, you probably won't use anything from this but you will gain a new understanding on how he viewed the world of magic. I got this book years ago when I first started magic from my sister's friend. It's a was a nice gift.
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You need it...oh yes you do Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 9th, 2007
If you are really into magic and this isn’t a passing fling I would recommend this book. While interesting to all I feel it is a must have for the die hard magic enthuisiet. Great read!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 3rd, 2007
This is the most amazing book
I have ever bought. It is so good. It is worth the $$. It tells you the most amazing tricks and escapes. I would highly recommend it.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 26th, 2006
Houdini on magic is the perfect mixture of instruction and pleasure reading. It reveals some of magic's greatest secrets.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 4th, 2006
Wow! if you are into magic this book is for you. This book not only tells a lot of backround information on Houdini, but also shows you how to do tons of tricks. A great all around book. I would have payed 45 bucks for it, and it is only 10. If you like magic get this book now.
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Great! More than what I thought! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 14th, 2004
This is an awsome book, it is filled with some of the greatest houdini illusions! It is great for any magician, it is filled with card,coin, and alot of stage, close-up adn many other things as well! Great book get it!
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