HOUDINI ON MAGIC covers Houdiniís approach to handcuffs, lock picking, ropes and restraints, spiritualism, challenge escapes, and a lot of assorted tricks and illusions. The current Dover edition of this book has a cover price of $15.95. This edition has a pre-print backcover price of $7.95, so from the early 1990s -- a fairly late reprint of the classic Houdini text that Dover has been reprinting in paperback 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 in excellent condition, despite being about 30 years old!
Look at the photos of the table of contents for an idea of what is in the book.
The current Dover reprint edition of this book has a cover price of $15.95. You can get this one for less!
CONDITION NOTES: previously owned, in nearly MINT condition -- pages are tight and clean, unmarked without bends or tears. The cover is also excellent, without any problems and only very very light wear.