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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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. I can’t sing it’s praises nearly enough.

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These attempts have been dismissed as a failure: I read it for research. Tales of psychics from the last 19th to early 20th century. Another group were people like Doyle, who desperately wanted to believe that the dead were not lost forever. Winn rated it it was amazing. These are the days before EVP, spirit voice box technology, all that stuff that we commonly see paranormal investigators use now.

Coincidentally, the great magician, Harry Houdini, wrote a book that was published inthe year that the mystery I am currently writing takes place.

He tended to be intolerant of ‘fakery’–somewhat odd, since he was a professional faker himself. And it pertains directly to my topic: Houdini’s take on the spiritualist movement during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 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.


And it revealed a side to spiritualism not much seen- empathy and compassion for its proponents, the tragedy behind it; from its beginnings to the many, grieving people defrauded. Amber rated it it was amazing Oct 05, As a form of therapy, in other words. Go read it, and find out for yourself. 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.

The only real flaw I could find with the book is that An excellent review of the trick and deceptions attendant on Spiritualism. Unfortunately, he also had a tendency toward bullying, which is a too-common trait of activist skeptics.

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It might be an interesting companion volume to this book to add Houdini’s wife’s and brother’s accounts of attempts to communicate tue him posthumously. It really opened my eyes and greatly educated me on this subject, as well as touching my heart.

It is, of course, shot through with fakes, then and now. To ask other readers questions about A Magician Among the Spiritsplease sign up. A magician among the spirits Harry Houdini Snippet view – Open Preview See a Problem? Jul 07, Brandon rated it really liked it. The letter writing style in the twenties seems so much more personal then today’s e-mails.

He had a sense of honor about fakery – he was honest that his magic was illusory, and he despised those who foisted off illusion as truth. Another reviewer remarked that it was not technical but oddly emotional. The Other Brothers An annotated edition which filled some of these blanks would fill this gap nicely.


Be the first to ask a question about A Magician Among the Spirits. We hope you found the magic tricks you were looking for! He was highly sceptical of the many claims made concerning psychic and spirkts phenomena, which were very popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Collector’s Library of the Unknown. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Poor man, he was totally duped; he also believed faked photographs of fairies were real. Recently I came across a copy of A Magician Among The Spirits, written by Houdini himself in which he not only gives his own version of what went down between him and Doyle but also how Houdini came to be such a force in bringing down the Spiritualism movement as a whole.

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A Magician Among the Spirits

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 dead on the page.

There is a feeling that comes with certain books that the auth This book took me a long time to read, but not because I didn’t love it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.