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Fooling Houdini: Adventures in the World of Magic (Anglais) Broché – 5 juillet 2012

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"An enthralling journey into the world of magic. Alex Stone writes with a winning voice that you'll want to follow anywhere." (Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein)

"Bursting with energy, inventiveness, and a sense of wonder on every page." (Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics)

"Fooling Houdini is a delight. He writes with wit and scientific sharpness and grand humour. He immerses us in a fascinating world few have entered." (Buzz Bissinger, author of Father's Day and Friday Night Lights)

"Mr. Stone's chequered history in magicianship sets the stage for Fooling Houdini, his cheery, inquisitive book about a world where math, physics, cognitive science and pure geeky fanaticism intersect. While it nominally describes the author's efforts to improve his sleight of hand and regain his self-respect, Fooling Houdini is more than a series of anecdotes. It's an effort to explore the colourful subculture of magic devotees and the serious, theoretical basis for the tricks they do." (New York Times)

"In Fooling Houdini, Stone recounts with humour and humility his love affair with magic and the experience it affords him... To wrtie a captivating and charming book all about magic is a hard trick to pull off, but like all good magicians, Stone makes it seem effortless." (Catherine de Lange, New Scientist)

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A PhD candidate in physics at Columbia University, Alex Stone is also part of the underground magic circuit, an exclusive community whose members convene regularly in pizza parlours and coffee shops to swap tips and develop new illusions. Determined to take his lifelong hobby to the professional level, Stone embarks on a personal quest to reach the pinnacle of this bizarre world, and become a master magician.

But he has some learning to do.

In Fooling Houdini, we journey through a strange and colourful subculture of obsessive, brilliant and dysfunctional geniuses - blind card sharps, street-hustlers and Las Vegas showmen - learning the principles and history of some of the greatest tricks ever performed. Seeking answers to broader questions about decision making, the limits of perception, and the nature of deception, Stone helps us understand what happens as we attempt to distinguish reality from illusion, and discovers the link between magic and psychology, physics and even crime.

From back-street scams to laboratories to the Magic Olympics, Fooling Houdini reveals the mysterious world of magic as never before.

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  • Broché: 320 pages
  • Editeur : William Heinemann (5 juillet 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0434019666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434019663
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,3 x 2,4 x 23,4 cm
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Par Patrice le 18 juillet 2012
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Sympathique à lire et jolie plongée dans un milieu inconnu. Quel réservoir à film que le domaine de la magie :-)
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Beautifully written and a fascinating book about the human mind 10 mai 2012
Par Jeff Wignall - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Like almost everyone, I've always had a somewhat casual admiration for magicians and their ability to make us believe things that we know can't be so--and yet we're seeing them without own eyes (or so we think). I love to see a good trick and I love to be fooled. And I've always believed that most magic tricks work largely because of the good hand skills of the magician and/or a clever amount of misdirection--and both of those are true. Until I read this book, however, I had no idea just how much of the misdirection and trickery was coming from my own mind. Alex Stone has written a fascinating book about just how much of the power of magic--whether it's a close-up coin trick or an ambitious illusion--relies on our own psychological/neurological foibles. We trick ourselves as much or more so than the magician does.

Stone starts off the book by telling the tale of his attempt to win honor and glory at the Magic Olympics (the pinnacle of magic competitions) and the various changes in his personal life that, along with a lifelong infatuation with magic (blame his father) eventually led him to all but abandon his "normal" life and pursue a strange and somewhat obsessed journey to the center of the magic mind. Along the way he spends time with some of the great legends of magic (a lot of them regularly hanging out in a pizza joint in NYC on Saturday afternoons), a handful of grifters, three-card monte ne'er-do-wells, a stellar and legally blind card mechanic (Richard Turner--whose abilities are legendary and will absolutely challenge your thoughts about blindness) and psychologists. Each of these characters helps add to his growing understanding of just how much the person being fooled is as much a part of the fooling as the magician.

Stone has a terrific writing style (I write for a living myself and I'm in awe of his easy and fun writing skill) and while the book drags a tiny bit here and there, I kept turning the pages to see what happened next. The book reads like a kind of Hunter S. Thompson road trip that, not coincidentally, involves quite a bit of time spent in Las Vegas. At one point you'll read how the author is ousted from his beloved magic community (and you'll learn just how inbred and dark that odd little world can be) and quite nearly has his life threatened for revealing some of the secrets of magic in a magazine article. You'll also learn why revealing things about how magic tricks work seems to only foster more fascination with magic--not less. (And personally, I've had magicians show me the rudiments of some card tricks and five minutes later I forget what they've told me and only remember being fooled.) And you'll learn just how easy it is to steal someone's watch right off of their wrist.

My only criticism (very mild) of the book is that Stone mentions many psychological research studies and similar background information without actually citing them by name, year, etc. The book would have more authority if he included citations. In other words, I think the book could have used a lot of footnotes that were not included. It's boring to read a book that is full of of footnotes and this is more a journey of personal discovery than a scientific overview, of course, but I still would have liked a few pages at the end that listed the various studies so that I could have read more about them.

As I said, Stone is a very gifted writer with a very colorful and fun writing style and he exposes a lot of the weaknesses of his own personality (only a very confident nonfiction writer will do that so readily) and this is a terrifically fun book. Even if you have never wondered much about magic or illusions, you'll never watch a magic act with the same innocent eyes again. And one thing is for certain: if you read this book you'll never lose a cent at three-card monte (and you'll keep your eye on your wristwatch any time you're near a magician).
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A Hidden World... 16 avril 2012
Par nashvillegirl - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Before I read this book, I had absolutely no idea that there was an entire "world of magic" that I didn't know about. My knowledge of magicians was pretty much limited to what I had seen at children's birthday parties and talent shows. Alex Stone shows you how there is so much more than that - there are schools, societies, meeting spots, ceremonies, competitions, and an entire segment of the population that is completely devoted to magic.

Stone makes the reader like him right away, as he describes the embarrassment of completely failing a competition. From there, we see him rebound as he comes back to the magic world, while pursuing an advanced degree at Columbia, and dedicate himself to improving his magic skills. He's able to describe different tricks to us without giving away secrets and impress up on the reader just how difficult it can be to learn some of these tricks. Stone also describes some of the ways that magicians use their skills in the business world, such as the magician who is almost entirely blind but whose sense of touch is so highly developed that he works as a "touch consultant" for a major card company.

More than just describing magic tricks, however, Stone also writes about how the human brain/psychology works and can be manipulated. We see how con games are so successful and why people are fascinated by magic. Additionally, Stone's writing style is excellent - the book is perfectly paced and the personal stories are woven in wonderfully with the history and technical descriptions. Highly recommended for just about anybody.
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A map of the path to magicianship 25 juin 2012
Par J. Ott - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Alex Stone is a former Discover magazine editor, a former Columbia Physics PhD student and a nut for the world of magic. This memoir recounts his experiences in the magic world, including his humiliating 'red light' performance at the Magic Olympics, his discipleship with Wes James (himself a disciple of the legendary Dai Vernon), encounters with Three Card Monte gangs in New York, the furor over an article he published in Harper's which exposed the secrets behind some tricks, and his journey from close-up trickster to mentalist to master.

The title, "Fooling Houdini" comes from an anecdote about Dai Vernon, who managed to fool Houdini eight times with a trick called The Ambitious Card. Now the trick is standard, and every magician has their own personalized version of it.

Stone writes with clarity, drawing connections between magic, psychology, neuroscience and even economics, arguing that the greatest eras of innovation in magic tricks were the eras when the tricks were regularly exposed, forcing the constant invention of new tricks and sparking clever variations from other magicians once they knew the secrets.


Anyone interested in the backstage world of magic, their societies and the secret clavens within those societies. Magician's magicians. People who are interested in the intersection of science and the techniques of magicians.


People who already know everything there is to know about magic, or who feel they enjoy magic the less they know about the art. People hoping to learn specific tricks.


I enjoyed it all the way through. Stone draws back the curtain on the magic world, revealing colorful characters and throwing in anecdotes from the history of conjuring as well as related scientific research. Highly recommended.
77 internautes sur 93 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Not As Good As You'd Expect 25 avril 2012
Par I. Zawilski - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a book that can't decide what it wants to be. Is it an autobiography? A history of magic? A peek into the lives of magicians and their world? A textbook on street scams? Pop psychology? What?

The book is a little bit of all of those things, but not in a satisfying way. An early chapter starts off with an interesting scenario (the author is taking a "master class" in magic) and devolves into an excruciatingly detailed and boring description of the house, the teacher and the fellow students, none of whom you will ever encounter again. By the time the description is done, so is the chapter. At one point the author promises to tell us about a trip to Vegas. I thought "Now it should get good." No luck, three pages later the trip was over and done and nothing much happened.

The author specializes in close-up magic, which uses cards, coins, cups, ropes and is done, as the author puts it, "right under your nose." The book therefore focuses on this genre, and there is comparatively little time spent on stage magic. If you are looking for backstage gossip or interesting facts about stage magicians, famous or otherwise, there's not much of it.

There is more than you'll ever need to know on scams, specifically three card monte and the shell game. If you're like most people, you've heard of these and know basically how they work. The author also mentioned something called the "fast and loose" which I had never heard of. I was looking forward to an explanation, but the author merely said it "survives only in print." I had to Google the term to find out any more about it.

The author spent some time, as basically an onlooker, with an professor involved in research on human cognition. What you get, sprinkled throughout the book, is an overview of the field from the point of view of an amateur. If you've read any books by Oliver Sacks or Steven Pinker, you've read most of this, better and more entertainingly told by a true expert.

In summary, the book was not terrible, but it was ultimately disappointing. I had hoped to devour every word, but found myself skimming chapters quite often.
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Enter the world of magic, can you fool Houdini 12 avril 2012
Par Philip Henderson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am an amateur magician, the word amateur means that I love the art of magic however it is not how I make my living. I began studying magic at age 46, nearly twenty years ago. I have made friends with several hundred magicians in the last twenty years. Many of the performers Alex Stone writes about are people I know personally, others are folks I know about. The magic fraternity, and it is mostly a boys club, is small. Everyone gets to know about everyone else. I enjoyed reading about Alex Stone's journey in magic. It is clear that he is still a person at the first level that is called a Trickster by one of Stone's favorite teachers. Stone shows you a glimse of what it is like in the world of magic without revealing any of the secrets magicians protect. The only way for you to enjoy magic is because a master or sage in the art of magic has taught young up and coming performers how to become a master performer. I could not tell whether Alex Stone wants to be a magician or a writer. The magicians he studied with Richard Turner, Eugene Burger, Whit "Pop" Haydn, and The Magus, Jeff McBride have reached the sage level, they perform but more important they show those who desire to become magicians what it means to be in the top ranks of this art. This book will probably not be enjoyed by other magicians, they will see Stone as a magic wannabe; however laypeople will enjoy Stone's artful story telling. Stone tells a good story and he has a wicked sense of humor. I will talk to my magician friends about this book, but I suspect they will use their reading time to study master magicians theory of magic rather than a gossipy story about some of their magician friends.

I enjoyed the story telling. I wish he had written more about science, mathematics, and physics. The marriage of science and magic is a driving force in this book. I hoped for more stories about this marriage, especially the pyschology of "misdirection." Thank you Alex Stone for sharing your story.
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