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Publisher Description

From the back rooms of New York City’s age-old magic societies to cutting-edge psychology labs, three-card monte games on Canal Street to glossy Las Vegas casinos, Fooling Houdini recounts Alex Stone’s quest to join the ranks of master magicians.

As he navigates this quirky and occasionally hilarious subculture populated by brilliant eccentrics, Stone pulls back the curtain on a community shrouded in secrecy, fueled by obsession and brilliance, and organized around one overriding need: to prove one’s worth by deceiving others.

But his journey is more than a tale of tricks, gigs, and geeks. By investing some of the lesser-known corners of psychology, neuroscience, physics, history, and even crime, all through the lens of trickery and illusion, Fooling Houdini arrives at a host of startling revelations about how the mind works--and why, sometimes, it doesn’t.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2012
June 19
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Harper
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
1.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Vanman03 ,

Fooling Houdini

This book serves to re-connect the art of Magic to it’s ancient roots in science and mystical arts. It successfully combines the arcane with the the world of science in a way that the layman can understand.

Buck2323 ,

Thoroughly enjoyable; irresistible! And you don't have to be a Magic enthusiast...

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book. It's as if Mr. Stone says to you, "I'm going on this amazingly cool journey. Want to come along?" (And I'm sure he'd say it better than that!)

His writing style is entertaining, irresistible, informative, and many other positives. It was a little sad for me as I reached the last page. (Add addicting?)

Pick it up (virtually or otherwise) & Enjoy!

Tazarino ,

Offers insight to magic tricks

Can be tedious at times but offers info that can only come from an insider.

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