Fooling Houdini

Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind
Author(s): Alex Stone
Original Publish Date: Jun 19, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.23 hours)
Product Number: Z100030737
Released: Jun 19, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062116222
Narrator/s: Alex Stone
Publisher: HarperAudio
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From the back rooms of New York CityA??s age-old magic societies to cutting-edge psychology labs, three-card monte games on Canal Street to glossy Las Vegas casinos, Fooling Houdini recounts Alex StoneA??s quest to join the ranks of master magicians. As he navigates this quirky and occasionally hilarious subculture populated by brilliant eccentrics, Stone pulls back the curtain on a community shrouded in secrecy, fueled by obsession and brilliance, and organized around one overriding need: to prove oneA??s worth by deceiving others. But his journey is more than a tale of tricks, gigs, and geeks. By investing some of the lesser-known corners of psychology, neuroscience, physics, history, and even crime, all through the lens of trickery and illusion, Fooling Houdini arrives at a host of startling revelations about how the mind works--and why, sometimes, it doesnA??t.

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Author(s): Alex Stone
Product Number EB00231697
Released: Mar 17, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062098016

Professional reviews

"This engaging study of modern magic is at once entertaining and informative. Alex Stone does a terrific job with the audio version just as he did with the writing. He takes the listener on an educational odyssey spanning all the subgenres of magic and does so through the eyes of a committed adept and talented wordsmith. His story pacing is spot-on, and he employs a clean and careful narrative voice that transmits all his excitement and passion. Stone's mildly New York accent adds amplifying color, as much of the action and characters are set in the Big Apple. Students of the art of magic and the intersection of science, craft, and the occult will enjoy this. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"