Fooling Houdini

Fooling Houdini

Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, & the Hidden Powers of the Mind

Book - 2012
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When Alex Stone was five years old, his father bought him a magic kit, sparking a lifelong love. Years later, living in New York City, he discovered a vibrant underground magic scene populated by a fascinating cast of characters: from his gruff mentor, who holds court in the back of a rundown pizza shop, to one of the world's greatest card cheats, who happens to be blind. From New York City's century-old magic societies to cutting-edge psychology labs, Fooling Houdini recounts Stone's quest to join the ranks of master magicians. But his journey is more than a tale of tricks, gigs, and geeks. In trying to understand how expert magicians manipulate our minds to create their illusions, Stone investigates some of the lesser-known corners of psychology, neuroscience, physics, history, and even crime.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061766213
0061766216
9780061766220
Branch Call Number: 793.8092 STONE
Characteristics: x, 301 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Quetzlzacatenango
Jan 23, 2013

I almost didn't read this book after reading Ricky Jay's oft quoted and rather hostile review. However, being more interested in magic subculture and how things are done rather than the effect itself, I decided to read it anyway. Chapter 6 shed some light on any hostility towards the author and I must say I agree with him that understanding what goes into magic allows you to appreciate it on another level. Stone's story is a tale of obsession and colorful characters with a sprinkling of mathematics and science. I have to say I even felt moved by his personal triumph (of sorts!) at the end and his final chapter has some wonderful insights that make this worth reading.

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horthhill
Nov 19, 2012

I quite liked "Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind" by Alex Stone. This isn’t a how-to book. Although several card tricks are outlined in broad terms, no detail recipe for reproducing any tricks is given. Rather the book is more of a memoir of the author’s long fascination with magic and his more recent obsession as he seriously tries to develop his skills. If nothing else, it is certainly a very entertaining read, and a great introduction to the magician sub-culture.

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