Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind

Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind

by Alex Stone
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Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind by Alex Stone

From the back rooms of New York City’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 Stone’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 one’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 doesn’t.

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ISBN-13: 9780061766220
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Pages: 301
Sales rank: 808,708
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Alex Stone has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Discover, Harper's, and The New Republic. He lives in New York City.

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Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex Stone has written a book that not only takes us through the realm of magic, but through advanced mathematics (and physics) as well. The history is intriguing, the story of his fascination with becoming a magician is beguiling, and I found the book to be impossible to put down. Which actually is a bit odd, because I have no attraction for mathematics whatsover (could never understand it) and couldn't fathom physics ever in my lifetime. I saw him on Fox TV NY yesterday discussing his book, and it sounded interesting. So I purchased it as a Nook book, and read it today There were so many interesting facts, ideas and stories about his life with magic that I was riveted. Loved the book.m.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In all actuality, the math is in there, but the book is so well written you dont always notice it... i just wish he would have given instrictions on some of the tricks.
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
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.  His 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
jake9 More than 1 year ago
enjoyed being entertained & educated about the history & secret life of magic even today....there is MATH, but tis skippable & not very important for general reading purposes!!!!!!!
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Let me guess. The Nevermore series? If so, it's coming out this October. I CAN'T F-ING WAIT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bet i have to wait some 3 years before the third book in my all time favorite series comes out. I doubt a few months is nearly as bad. Also, this book was great! Well worth reading- though not on Nook. Get the paperback version.
ACM More than 1 year ago
Probably one of the best books I've read in a long time.  I mostly read fiction, but the story in Fooling Houdini kept me as riveted as a good mystery novel.  Partly that's because the particular topics align really well with my interests (magic, science, math), but it's also just a really well written and well structured book.  It has a really nice story arc, and it's populated with vivid characters.  For a physics grad student/amateur magician, Alex Stone writes astoundingly well.  I highly recommend this book.
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One of the best books ive ever read if read thouroly can learn how to steal a watch
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Had me hooked. Entertaining and an intriguing peek into a mysterious world.
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This book sucks save money and time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im tired of waiting for house of hades to come out so i will put this comment on every e bok on my nook.COME OUT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who ever wrote this book is a fukin faggot