Fooling Houdini: Adventures in the World of Magic
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Fooling Houdini is a great read for anyone with a passing interest in performance magic. Which is most of us. No, the book doesn’t go into the details behind tricks, if you are looking for a magicians manual then this is not that kind of magic book.
What it does do is describe how magician Alex Stone grew his childhood love of magic from a hobby to a professional level, even entering into the secret world of international magic circles. It gives historical context to classic tricks and takes us on a journey into the world of professional performance magic.
The book is a mixture of memoirs, scams, cultural history – providing a behind the scenes view of a mysterious sub culture that most of have little exposure to. To be clear, this isn’t a book of magic tricks, it won’t help someone to become a magician, on the other hand it might inspire a love of magic within them. If nothing else, it is an intriguing tale of devotion to a historical craft.
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What I really loved most about this book were the tails and adventures Alex undertook with various legendary characters from the world of magic, from a blind card sharp able to manipulate his cards like no one else thanks to his heightened sense of touch and a life time of dedication through to the big money Las Vegas showmen.
The easy style and light anecdotes make this a fun romp through the world of magic. Contrary to some reviewers of this book I don’t think you have to be a dedicated practitioner of magic to enjoy its contents, far from it, I think the lay person will actually get much more out of this as it opens up a previously hidden world to the reader.Wondering what other buyers thought of this gift idea? Read these real buyer reviews and see what they thought.
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