fooling houdini

Newest book I just started reading. “By investigating 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.”

agenderjetstar said to quoted-books: Sure thing; I asked for fiction and nonfiction books about magicians/street performers! :D

Thanks for so nicely repeating your question for me! I only thought of one book off the top of my head (the first one listed) so I looked into some more! I can’t wait to look more into some of these books, so let me know if you find anymore that you enjoy!

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

2. Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

3. The Prestige by Christopher Priest- I never knew that movie was based on a book!

4. Shadowlands by Peter Straub

5. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

6. The Houdini Girl by Martyn Bedford

A few nonfiction selections that look promising:

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

2. Mysterious Stranger: A Book of Magic by David Blaine

3. Houdini on Magic by Harry Houdini

Thank you so much for the question! I’ve always wanted to learn magic as well…even more so when I saw the movie Now You See Me! I hope these help!


“Several things happened recently in relatively quick succession:

  1. I saw Fooling Houdini and thought it looked interesting but opted not to pick it up.

  2. I realized I was on a memoir kick and HAD been on a memoir kick for a while and was reluctant to pick it up because wanted to spend some time out of other people’s heads/lives for a little while.

  3. I wondered how the Hell I ended up on a memoir kick as they have never really been my chosen reading material before.

  4. Saw your post about Fooling Houdini on Tumblr.

  5. Revisited one through three.

  6. Realized it was YOU–you and your Julia Scheeres–who started the whole thing

  7. Decided to send this email as it might amuse you.

Jesus Land: Gateway Memoir. Yup.”

My friends send me the best emails.