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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One or two interesting sections, but this is pretty dated.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He wrote with dignity, with a sort of deadpan humour, but also with earnest and vulnerability. They can’t explain it, so they see no other explanation other than paranormal. Apr 10, B Kevin rated it it was ok Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

A Magician Among The Spirits

spiriits Books by Harry Houdini. He debunks their methods and shows how his own sleight of hand tricks are used to fool the gullible public.

I read it for research. He also includes spirkts diagrams where he lays out the “okay, this is how the medium did that” behind such things as spirit knockings, rappings, slate writings, etc that were commonplace in seances of the time. Apr 07, Rachel Jones rated it liked it. An excellent review of the trick and deceptions attendant on Spiritualism.

A Magician Among the Spirits by Harry Houdini

There’s an earlier chapter on Daniel Dunglas Home, the English engineer of spectacular paranormal effects. He did not delude himself or otherwise lie. 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 amogn one of the greatest ever and stunt performer, as well as a skeptic and investigator of spiritualists, film producer and actor.


Though the book was written largely as a manual to disarm and dissemble the con artists that were preying on people in his day, the two things that showed through his writing maggician was at times humorously sarcastic and at other times deliberate was his immense breadth of knowledge of magic tricks and his pure and genuine love of people. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

This book is interesting to anybody that considers psychics to be royal scumbags, and you should and funny I really enjoyed how sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried The only thing that holds this book back is its age. If he’d had a less religious bent, he might have turned to psychotherapist This is not the edition I saw, which was a amnog in ‘library binding’ which covers a multitude of sins.

I was also quite interested in the relationship between Sir Author Conan Doyle a believer magjcian Houdini a skeptic. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Selected pages Title Page. Feb 01, Aaron rated it it was amazing. The original typed manuscript for A Sirits Among The Spirits survives in Milbourne Christopher’s collection, unread except by a few people, for nearly half a century.


Houdini spends the whole book debunking many of the more famous cases of the generation prior to his death.

We’re proud to let you read our mail. Jul 11, Elizabeth Kadetsky rated it liked it. Houdini also notes that it was also highly suspect how these mediums often lived the lives of celebrities, winning themselves the patronage of members of society’s elite. Houdinu whole country 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 Fox Sisters, Daniel Dunglas Home, Eusapia Pallandino, and other con artists of their ilk.

The book is a fascinating account of superstition and gullibility.

Interesting from an historical perspective. I always did feel sorry for Houdini, at least partly because of his genuine love for and guilt toward his mother.

Tales of psychics from the last 19th to early 20th century. Open Preview See a Problem? Jan 19, Barry Haworth rated it it was amazing Shelves: And it pertains directly to my topic: To ask other readers questions about A Magician Among the Spiritsplease sign up.