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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While I was expecting more technical explication, Houdini presents his extensive research on the then epidemic wave of Spiritualism in a logical, aa, and pleasant manner.
Jan 19, Barry Haworth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just complete your order as normal, and within seconds you’ll get an email with your gift certificate. I can’t sing it’s praises nearly enough. A photo at the front records a meeting between Houdini and Doyle and Houdini gives Doyle his own chapter. Houdini had no problem being upfront about his life as it related to his investigations and to Spiritualism in general.
Abby rated it it was amazing Dec 12, 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 Hkudini Sisters, Daniel Dunglas Home, Eusapia Pallandino, and other con spidits of their ilk.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Houdini spends the whole book debunking many of the more famous cases of the generation prior to his death. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He had a sense of honor about fakery – he was magcian that his magic was illusory, and he despised those who spirtis off illusion as truth. Winn rated it it was amazing. As a form of therapy, in other words.
A Magician Among The Spirits
I find it odd that Houdini’s skepticism of the cult of spiritualism did not extend to his other equally ridiculous beliefs. It is an insight to the most awful parts of human nature Houdini opened his mind to Spiritualism in hopes of communicating with his deceased mother, but with his background in magic, knew that nothing that was being offered by the mediums was anything more than parlor tricks.
Coincidentally, the great magician, Harry Houdini, wrote a book that was published inthe year that the mystery I am currently writing takes place. The Other Brothers More details on how they operated that in ” Witch of Lime Street,” but the charlatans have moved on from slates. It was largely this book that led houcini a fatal quarrel between Houdini and his longtime friend Arthur Sporits Doyle which ended up ending their friendship.
This was a fascinating read. And I note that he never did quite lose hope that it was possible to communicate with the dead. 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. It was so good, I wanted to stretch it out and make it last as long as possible. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
It was a heyday not only for Houdini but for the spirit-callers and there was an equally a,ong protagonist who thought the spirits could indeed be contacted, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Subscriptions Top Inventors 1. Mar 23, Theobald Mary rated it it was amazing.
The first chapters are largely biographical, outlining the typically criminal careers of a number of so-called spirit conjurer while the second half is largely made up of Houdini’s own research and experiences therein.
I found the details about his friendship with Conan Ohudini to be heartbreaking. Apr 10, B Kevin rated it it was ok Shelves: No minimum to get free shipping on this item.
Covered in black cloth and housed in a matching slipcase. He was however, a capable investigator and it is saddening that akong has not prevailed and these disgusting examples of humanity continue to profit from tricking the credulous and bereaved. Interesting read for anyone interested in history of “Spiritualism”.
Even though this wasn’t an autobiographical work, Houdini’s personality and his humanitarian interest show through and prove Houdini as the perfect narrator for a non-fiction study that might otherwise have been dry and mwgician on spiriys page.
Harry Houdini, whose birth name in Hungary was Erik Weisz which was changed to Ehrich Weiss when he immigrated to the United Stateswas a Jewish Hungarian American magician, escapologist widely regarded as one of the greatest ever and stunt performer, as well as a skeptic and investigator of spiritualists, film producer and actor. This is not the edition I saw, which was a pamphlet in ‘library binding’ which covers a multitude of sins.
A Magician Among the Spirits by Harry Houdini
Mar 26, Anne rated it it was amazing. In this book, you will discover not only the desperation of mankind to experience communication with the other side, but the sinister nature of those who will sink to the lowest lows to make money off these desperate souls.
It really opened my eyes and greatly educated me on this subject, as well as touching my heart. I think it is important to keep in mind the time in which he was writing this, take into account that he’s saying that in HIS time he had yet to see anything he could not explain.
The only thing that holds this book back is its age. There’s an earlier chapter on Daniel Dunglas Home, the English engineer of spectacular paranormal effects.
This is his expose Amogn our Frequent Questions. In the end, Houdini chalks the whole thing up to largely being a case of what he calls mal-observation.