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The Secrets of Houdini

by J.C. Cannell

 

World-famous illusionist, master deluder, showman; Harry Houdini (alias of Ehrich Weiss) is one of the most legendary figures of the modern stage, and probably the most controversial and misunderstood magician of all times. So fantastic were his tricks that many thought him to be supernatural, a mystic and an amazing spiritualist. 

Exposing his closely kept professional secrets, and revealing in general terms the whole art of stage magic, this book is now considered a classic study of Houdini's strange deceptions. 

J.C. Cannell, professional magician, friend and colleague of Houdini in The Magician's Club, was the first to explain rationally how Houdini achieved his tricks. These include the famous challenges to death, escapes from bank vaults and from a Russian prison vanlined with zinc, walking through brick walls, escapes from crates under waters, disappearing ladies, women floating in mid-air, vanishing elephants, ghostly manifestations, seances, card tricks, rope tricks, mind reading, spirit messages and miracles. All of these and much more discussed in clear, simple language and for better understanding, the author has included numerous line drawing of Houdini's ingenious escape devices, with diagrams of the more complicated tricks. Twenty-four new photographs have been added to the twenty-three in the original edition, illustrating scenes from the magician's life as well as his performances. 

When this book was originally published shortly after Houdini's death in 1926, it caused such a controversy that many people simply refused to believe the author. Yet, if you are interested in magic, the stage or the fabulous life of Harry Houdini, you are certain to find this book a fascinating experience. Perhaps the only way to really understand Houdin is is to tread this book and judge for yourself. Don't be surprised if the author keeps you glued to each page as you follow step-by-step some of the most incredible stunts of the century! 

Pages 279 - Softbound, Illustrated

 

Table of Contents:

"CHAPTER I HARRY HOUDINI, HIS LIFE-STORY"
FAMOUS SPIRITUALIST LEADER WHO BECAM HIS FRIEND
ACCIDENT WHICH BROUGHT HIM A LIFE-PARTNER
EARLY STRUGGLES
ULTIMATE TRIUMPH AND PREMATURE DEATH
CHAPTER II HOUDINI'S SPECTACULAR ESCAPES
HIS REMARKABLE FAILURE AT THE MAGICIANS' CLUB
ESCAPE FROM BANK-SAFE
IRON BOILER
PAPER BAG
MAIL-BAG
WALKING THROUGH A BRICK WALL
BURIED ALIVE
ESCAPE FROM IRON BOX
PACKING-CASE UNDER WATER
THE VANISHING HORSEMAN
BOX AND SACK
THE NEEDLES AND THREAD
THE VANISHING ELEPHANT
THE MYSTERY OF THE MILK-CAN
CHAPTER III HOUDINI'S SPIRITUALIST ACTIVITIES
"GHOSTS" FROM THE VASTY DEEP"
SECRETS OF THE LOCKED BOX
MENTAL EVIDENCE
MYSTIFYING PASSENGERS IN A LINER
"SPIRIT" WRITING ON SEALED SLATES"
"MEDIUMS "CONTROLLED"
THE SUN WORSHIPPERS
TABLE LIFTING
"SPIRITS" DEFY BONDS"
MESSAGES IN BLOOD
PERSONAL SÉANCE-EXPERIENCES
CHAPTER IV FAKIR WONDERS
"MIRACLES" WHICH HOUDINI EXPOSED"
MY RESEARCHES
STOPPING THE PULSE AT WILL
WALKING ON FIRE AND BROKEN GLASS
THOUGHT-READING
HOUDINI AS CLAIRVOYANT
THE INDIAN ROPE TRICK
THE BOY IN THE BASKET
THE MYSTERY OF THE MANGO TREE
SAND AND WATER
NAILING A FAKIR TO WOODEN BLOCKS
CHAPTER V HOUDINI AS HANDCUFF KING
HOW HE BAFFLED THE POLICE FORCES OF THE WORLD
A RUSSIAN PRISON ON WHEELS
IMPUDENT RIVAL PUT TO FLIGHT
THE CLEVERNESS OF SIMPLICITY
CHAPTER VI ROPE-TIES AND HOW TO ESCAPE FROM THEM
THE JACOBY TIE
THE THUMB TIE
BOW TIED IN A SECOND
MAGIC KNOTS
"IMITATION "TOMFOOL" KNOT"
MORE ABOUT SPIRITS
A TRICK DONE BACKWARDS
THE GIRL ESCAPES
SPIRIT KNOTS
THE KELLAR TIE
ROPES AND RINGS
MYSTERY STRING
CHAPTER VII MISCELLANEOUS MAGIC
THE RING AND THE DOVE
THE DISAPPEARING GLASS OF WINE
THE IVORY PILLARS
CUT STRING RESTORED
THE COIN-FINDER
THE BOWL OF INK
THE WATCH AND THE LOAF
THE PIECERED HAND
VANISHING FROM A BOX AND CABINET
THE MYSTERY OF THE CRYSTAL
CHAPTER VIII ILLUSIONS AND DISILLUSION
DISAPPEARIN
THE VEILED WOMAN
AN ESCAPE IN MID-AIR
THE CAGED WOMAN
GIRL AND THE DOMINOES
FIRE AND WATER
ILLUSIONS WITH MIRRORS
THE COUNTRY GIRL
THE HAMMOCK
THE ARBOUR
CHAPTER IX CARD TRICKS
EXAMPLES OF THOUGHT READING
A CODE
THE JUMPING CARDS
MAGNETIC ACES
THE CHANGE-OVER
A FEAT OF STRENGTH
THE BOOMERANG CARD
CUTTING THE CARDS
THE TORN CARD
VANISHING CARDS BY PISTOL
THE FOUR ACES
THE HERSCHELL CARD-STABBING TRICK

 

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