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The Secrets of Houdini (JC Cannell)

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The Secrets of Houdini
 

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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.


CONTENTS :

  • Chapter 1
    - Harry Houdini, his life-story
    - Famous spiritualist leader who became his friend
    - Accident which brought him a life-partner
    - Early struggles
    - Ultimate triumph and premature death

  • Chapter 2
    - Houdini’s spectacular escapes
    - His remarkable failure at magician’s 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 3
    - 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 seance-experiences

  • Chapter 4
    - 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 5
    - 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 6
    - 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 7
    - 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 pierced hand
    - Vanishing form a box and cabinet
    - The mystery of the crystal

  • Chapter 8
    - Illusions and disillusion
    - Disappearing man
    - 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 harbour

  • Chapter 9
    - 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


    Language : English - Format : 13 x 21,4 cm - 296 pages.

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