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

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Mr. Stone's misrepresentations of the magician's art are infuriating.
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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.

 

About Alex Stone

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Alex Stone has written for Harper's, Discover, Science, and the Wall Street Journal. He graduated from Harvard University and has a master's degree in physics from Columbia University. He grew up in Wisconsin, Texas, and Spain. He currently lives in New York City.
 
Published June 19, 2012 by Harper. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 20 2012

Happily this eclectic book does not march toward a predictable victory. Mr. Stone’s humor stays intact...

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WSJ online

Below average
Reviewed by Ricky Jay on Jun 22 2012

Mr. Stone's misrepresentations of the magician's art are infuriating.

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