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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Another group were people like Doyle, who desperately wanted to believe that the dead were not lost forever. Questions about this product. A accomplished stage magician, Houdini is aware of the many dodges possible to a skilled performer, and debunks the alleged supernatural explanation of those whom he investigates.

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

A Magician Among The Spirits

Anyone interested in this topic should read what Houdini had to say. 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. Open Preview See a Problem?

My library Help Advanced Book Search. This book took me a long time to read, but not because I didn’t love it. This page oversized book is adorned with the same sepia-toned rare photograph of Houdini that accompanies the manuscript.

In essence, it’s not that people are kidding themselves necessarily, or spiritts in denial.


Another reviewer remarked that it was not technical but oddly emotional. Be the first to ask a question about A Magician Among the Spirits. Houdini points out hoidini the popularity of Spiritualism cannot be dismissed as just something uneducated suckers fell into. This is a must for any magician or critical thinker’s library. Want to Read saving….

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I felt this especially with this book, and even wished that I could meet Houdini, could have met Houdini when he was alive. He also includes interesting diagrams where he lays out the “okay, this is how the medium did that” behind such things as spirit knockings, rappings, slate writings, etc that were commonplace in seances of the time.

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.

Rex Harris rated it it was amazing Mar 25, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Little Door by R. Myra rated it liked it Jun 30, Houdini was nothing if not unrelenting. 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 times humorously sarcastic and at other times deliberate was his immense breadth of knowledge of magic tricks and his pure and genuine love of people.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Houdini turned to the spiritualists in an attempt to establish contact with his deceased mother, whom he felt he had neglected. He was highly sceptical of the many claims made concerning psychic and paranormal phenomena, which were very popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 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.

I was surprised to discover that they were even friends, let alone had a bit of a falling out over the topic of Spiritualism! And many things that can’t be done.

Poor man, he was totally duped; he also believed faked photographs of fairies were real. This book, first published inis a review of the investigations of escape artist Harry Houdini into the spirtis strands of spiritualism current in the late 19th and early 20th century. Maria rated it really liked it Aug 13, This was a fascinating read. 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.

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