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Fooling Houdini

Alex Stone has written for The New York Times, Harper’s, Discover, and The Wall Street Journal. Alex graduated from Harvard University and has a master’s degree in physics from Columbia University. He grew up in Wisconsin, Texas, and Spain; and he currently lives in New York City.

Stone’s book is the classic story of a physics major who drops out of college to study magic. ┬áHis first attempt at greatness was competing in the Stockholm “Magic Olympics,” but to his chagrin he was kicked out for breaking the rules. This drove Stone more passionately into the art.

What makes good magic? Is it a series of tricks strung together? Or is there something more? Stone takes the reader through this journey of exploration by discussing how magic effects the mind, while at the same time working closely with some of the best and brightest in the field.

I think this book is a wonderful insight behind the veil of magic. Anyone who is interested in Magic either as a layman or a professional should read this book. But don’t expect to find any gems or secrets revealed (first rule of magic: never reveal how an effect is done). Rather this book is an insight into how effects work – what makes them appear “magical.” The book is more the “story” of the author’s journey than it is a reference book.

Stone has a wonderful voice and this is a terrific read.

Thank you to Harper Publishing for this free review copy

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