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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His issue was with the lengths supposed mediums went to dupe grieving people into believing that their loved ones were trying to reach them. The edition is limited to copies. Interesting from an historical perspective.

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Questions about this product. To my delight, Houdini describes many of the tricks that he discovered mediums using. It was so good, I wanted to stretch it out and make it last as long as possible. Suit Cut to Orde.

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As a taste of things to come, he ends his introduction with the words: This book belongs on the shelf of every skeptic or debunker. I honestly do believe there are things we or at least I, Amomg guess I should say lol have experienced that don’t easily have scientific explanation. Edward Higgins rated it really liked it Sep 25, It is dated, of course, but the second half of the book did tell how Spiritualist cheated their followers.


Refresh and try again. Jan 14, Ken Amnog rated it really liked it. Myra rated it liked it Jun 30, Open Preview See a Problem? This is fun stuff. Account Options Sign in. After the article, Houdini responds with a verbal “this is what was really going on” peek behind the curtain of his shows. There’s an earlier chapter on Daniel Dunglas Home, the English engineer of spectacular paranormal effects.

See a site map. 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. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Houdini also notes that it was also highly suspect how these mediums often lived the lives of celebrities, winning themselves the patronage of members of society’s elite. The whole country 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.

He was however, a capable investigator hoduini it is saddening that sense has not prevailed and these disgusting examples of humanity continue to profit from tricking the credulous and bereaved. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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

I was also quite interested in the relationship between Sir Author Conan Doyle a believer and Houdini a skeptic. 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.


The Other Brothers And I note that he never did quite lose hope that it was possible to communicate with the dead.

A Magician Among the Spirits by Harry Houdini

Though the book was written largely as a manual to disarm and dissemble the con artists that were p While I was expecting more technical explication, Houdini presents his extensive research on the then epidemic wave of Spiritualism in a logical, forthright, and pleasant manner. But the fact that something can be faked is not an indication that it always is–even among people who do sometimes use forms of stage magics to impress and attract clients.

Mark Perkins rated it really liked it Jul 23, I felt this especially with this book, and even wished that I could meet Houdini, could have met Houdini when he was alive. Return to Book Page. I am sad to finish, and close the last page. They can’t explain it, so they see no other explanation other than paranormal.

This is not the edition I saw, which was a pamphlet in ‘library binding’ which covers a multitude of sins.

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