HOUDINI ON MAGIC covers Houdiniís approach to handcuffs, lock picking, ropes and restraints, spiritualism, challenge escapes, and a lot of assorted tricks and illusions. This edition has a pre-print backcover price of $7.95, so probably from the early 1990s -- a fairly late reprint of the classic Houdini text that Dover has been reprinting since the 1970's.
The book, which was mostly ghostwritten by Walter Gibson, contains so many great stories and so much interesting history... well, let me put it this way:
If you LOVE magic, you should read this book -- you will not learn any tricks that you will actually perform.
But you will learn tons of great stories about the early days of magic, and about the early methods. Fascinating bios and photos of lots of early magicians and spiritualists.
If you just love learning tricks, skip this book.
But if you love the performance art of magic and all that it encompasses, this is a book for you!
And this copy is NOT in prisitine collectible condition, so you can read it comfortably, without worry if you spill a little coffee on it!
Look at the photos of the table of contents for an idea of what is in the book, and sample page shot to get idea of format.
CONDITION NOTES: previously owned, in good condition -- pages are tight and clean, unmarked without bends or tears. The cover is only fair, with visible creases at corners and some scratches. Price sticker residue on the back cover from about three different price stickers. A good reading copy.