The Magician and the Spirits

The Magician and the Spirits

Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating With the Dead

Book - 2017
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A century ago, the curious idea that spirits not only survive death but can be contacted on the "other side" was widespread. Psychic mediums led countless seances, claiming to connect the grieving with their lost relations through everything from frenzied trance writing to sticky expulsions of ectoplasm. The craze caught Harry Houdini?s attention. Well-known by then as most renowned magician and escape artist, he began to investigate these spiritual phenomena. Are ghosts real? Can we communicate with them? Catch them in photographs? Or are all mediums "flim-flammers," employing tricks and illusions like Houdini himself? Peopled with odd and fascinating characters, Houdini?s gripping quest will excite readers? universal wonderment with life, death, and the possibility of the Beyond.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780803740181
0803740182
Branch Call Number: j 793.8092 HOUDINI
Characteristics: 152 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm

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ArapahoeStaff2 Nov 26, 2017

I really enjoyed this biography that focuses intensely on Houdini's fascination with spirits. This one may have gotten more stars from me if it wasn't so inaccessible. Even I, as an adult, would get confused by the (sometimes unnecessary) rich vocabulary, making it less accessible for children. I also really liked all the callouts and design of the text, but at times it was distracting because the flow of how the callouts were placed was odd. All in all, I would recommend but with these caveats.

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