The Right Way to Do Wrong: A Unique Selection of Writings by History's Greatest Escape Artist

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One of the most intriguing and recognized figures of the twentieth century conducts a masterclass in subversion

Part expose, part instruction manual, The Right Way to Do Wrong features history's most famous illusionist revealing the methods of deception involved in everything from burglary, to pickpocketing, to swindles, forgery and tricks.

Along the way, he also debunks the secrets of his own and other conjurers' tricks, including rope escape ...

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Overview

One of the most intriguing and recognized figures of the twentieth century conducts a masterclass in subversion

Part expose, part instruction manual, The Right Way to Do Wrong features history's most famous illusionist revealing the methods of deception involved in everything from burglary, to pickpocketing, to swindles, forgery and tricks.

Along the way, he also debunks the secrets of his own and other conjurers' tricks, including rope escape methods such as the Russian Transport Tie, instrumental in the famous stunt in which Houdini escaped a Siberian prison truck. Also disclosed are the secrets of fire-eating, sword-swallowing and strongmen.

Although remembered more for his spectacular stunts of escapism and magic, Houdini was as clever and nimble a writer as he was a magician, and surprisingly revealing of trade secrets! All of which makes The Right Way to Do Wrong both the ultimate anti-etiquette guide and proof that things are not always as they seem.

ebook ISBN: 978-1-61219-167-6

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Justin Moyer
…Houdini's words give a sense of the man and his times in a way that a straight autobiography might miss.
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“Houdini was the scourge of spiritualists.” The Wall Street Journal

“There is no trick of the recognized masters, from Cagliostro’s magic mirror to Kellar’s Hindoo lamp and Maskelyne and Devant’s Haunted Window, that Houdini did not succeed in fathoming and, when he liked, duplicating.”  The New York Times

“He was the wonder of the world in an old world hungry for wonders. . . He was the embodiment of something incredible. . . He came to represent the sum of all amazements.” —The Guardian

"A master of cunning and endurance." —NPR

"He remains a mystery. His naivete and his shrewdness, his shyness and his exhibitionism, his kindness and his unforgiving antagonisms proclaim a complicated and unknowable man." —New York Review of Books

"He seemed to express in his whole being and in his whole deportment: 'I am who I am. I am the greatest. I am Harry Houdini.'"  —E.L. Doctorow

"Houdini is a witty writer and writes unselfconsciously about subjects that surely would have scandalized his contemporaries." —Reference and Research Book News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612191669
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Neversink Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 401,554
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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