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Fooling Houdini : magicians, mentalists, math geeks, and the hidden powers of the mind

Author: Alex Stone
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When Alex Stone was five years old, his father bought him a magic kit, sparking a lifelong love. Years later, living in New York City, he discovered a vibrant underground magic scene 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 happens to be blind. From New York City's century-old magic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Alex Stone; Alex Stone
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Stone
ISBN: 9780061766213 0061766216
OCLC Number: 757483186
Description: x, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The magic Olympics --
Mystery school --
Miracles on Thirty-fourth Street --
The touch analyst --
The hype --
Breaking the code --
It's annoying and I asked you to stop --
How to steal a watch --
The mentalists --
Clowning around --
The perfect shuffle --
Flight time.
Responsibility: Alex Stone.

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When Alex Stone was five years old, his father bought him a magic kit, sparking a lifelong love. Years later, living in New York City, he discovered a vibrant underground magic scene 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 happens to be blind. From New York City's century-old magic societies to cutting-edge psychology labs, Fooling Houdini recounts Stone's quest to join the ranks of master magicians. 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 illusions, Stone investigates some of the lesser-known corners of psychology, neuroscience, physics, history, and even crime.--From publisher description.

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