On Deception

On Deception

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By (author) Harry Houdini, Foreword by Derren Brown

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  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 190mm x 14mm | 59g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843916134
  • ISBN 13: 9781843916130
  • Sales rank: 95,824

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On Deception presents the highlights of Houdini's writings on illusions, revealing him to have been a remarkably prescient champion of rationalism and an ardent opponent of the duping of susceptible individuals. Throughout his life, the world's most famous escapologist strove to expose the methods and tricks of illusionists and sham spiritualists. Studying entertainers and criminals alike, Houdini investigates the tricks of the mind and sleights of hand that have deceived people throughout history. The magician's writings caused a public sensation; legend has it that The Right Way to do Wrong was bought in bulk by burglars in an attempt to guard the tricks of their trade. This collection also includes Houdini's revelations about the methods behind some of his own most famous tricks, and articles he wrote to expose his imitators, demonstrating him to be unarguably the master of his craft.

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Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was a magician, escapologist and performer of stunts, as well as a sceptic and investigator of spiritualists. He produced films, acted, and penned numerous books. Derren Brown is a well-known English magician, mentalist, and psychological illusionist.