• Fooling Houdini

  • Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind
  • By: Alex Stone
  • Narrated by: Alex Stone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-13-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Alex Stone was five years old, his father bought him a magic kit - a gift that would spark a lifelong love. Years later, while living in New York City, he discovered a vibrant underground magic scene exploding with creativity and innovation and populated by a fascinating cast of characters: from his gruff mentor, who holds court in the back of a rundown pizza shop, to one of the world's greatest card cheats, who also happens to be blind. Captivated, he plunged headlong into this mysterious world, eventually competing at the Magic Olympics and training with great magicians around the globe to perfect his craft.
From the back rooms of New York City's century-old magic societies to cutting-edge psychology labs; Three-Card Monte on Canal Street to glossy Las Vegas casinos; Fooling Houdini recounts Stone's quest to join the ranks of master magicians. As he navigates this quirky and occasionally hilarious subculture, Stone pulls back the curtain on a community shrouded in secrecy, fueled by obsession and brilliance, and organized around a single overriding need: to prove one's worth by deceiving others.
But his journey is more than a tale of tricks, gigs, and geeks. In trying to understand how expert magicians manipulate our minds to create their astonishing illusions, Stone uncovers a wealth of insight into human nature and the nature of perception. Every turn leads to questions about how the mind perceives the world and processes everyday experiences. 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.
©2012 Alex Stone (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By dA opTimYsTiQue on 06-22-17

Decent but not "Magical"

The book describes Alex stone's life. The book is written well and even read well. However won't describe it as exceptional. A good listen nevertheless . Some of the physics/ Maths behind the so called tricks was quite enlightening. A little lengthy perhaps. A little low on EQ as admitted by author himself.

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5 out of 5 stars
By GeorgeW on 12-30-12

A magical read

I was unsure that I would like this at all. I needn't have worried. This book keeps getting better. A mix of biography and magic facts with quick romps through science all of which is as informative as it is entertaining. If like me you were tempted but not sure- jump in and give it a listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By jeffrey on 02-09-13

I enjoyed it very much

Read by the author, so it gets good marks right from the start. In spite of the long title, this book is mostly about one man's interest and experiences with magic. As a budding magician I found it very interesting, and was able to understand most of what he was referring to, but I do not think that those who are not not familiar with the tricks or terms would appreciate it as much.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert Stockton on 10-06-17

Really cool!

This was a fascinating book! I don't even know where I got the recommendation from but I'm very glad that I did . There's no way I could've predicted even 80% of this book even though I'm interested in magic and illusions generally. I highly recommend it to anyone really.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Andrew M on 01-12-16

The content of this book does not reflect the books subtitle

If you're looking to understand how the mind works through magicians, mentalists etc. as I was, then this book barely gives a glimpse of that and you'll be disappointed.

I want my money back. The subtitle of the book and the description on Audible are misleading.

If however you're a big magic fan and want to know about that "world" and want to listen to one persons story about their life in that "world", then this could be for you.

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