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Jamie_H
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Went to the library and picked up three books. "The Secret Life of Houdini", "Escape! the Story of Houdini" (I understand its a children's bio, but I read it has some nice pics), and "Carter Beats the Devil".

I have started with the "Secret Life" book. Now, whether or not he was a spy doesn't make or break this book for me so far, as I am more interested in the magic/performance aspect. I just love reading about his performances, self promotion techniques, etc. To say his life has me captivated is an understatement. It's hard to put the book down.

Anyone have a fave Houdini book?
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Jamie…. I too have enjoyed reading the books that you have listed. I would recommend checking out ‘The Magician and the Cardsharp.” Also any of the old Melbourne Christopher history of magic books and “100 years of Magic Posters.”

Take care,
Bruce
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Jim Steinmeyer's Hiding the Elephant, read it.
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I enjoy Steinmeyers stuff a lot.
He does have a different position on Houdini than Kalush and Sloman though.
A lot of Vernon worshippers don't like Houdini only because Vernon didn't.
I don't think Houdini was a terrible magician like a lot of other magicians say.
He loved magic and worked hard on it.
Still, Hiding the Elephant is a fantastic read.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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Jamie_H
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I've read some awesome reviews of Steinmeyers books...can't wait to dig into them!
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On 2009-06-16 09:48, Jamie_H wrote:
Anyone have a fave Houdini book?

Seems like everyone is offering their favorite book with the exception of a book exclusively on Houdini, which is what you asked for. So I will list 2 very informative Houdini books that I liked,
1 - Houdini, His Life Story by Harold Kellock. Copyright 1928
2 - Houdini's Escapes & Magic by Walter Gibson. Copyright 1930

Much interesting information.
Rennie
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