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The Miracle Mongers, an Exposé (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Harry Houdini

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 207 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 94 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : B004HZXO3Y
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0083ZIUUQ
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A deep feeling of happiness, depression, anger, joy and inspiration. 5 décembre 2013
Par Meowser - Publié sur
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After reading this book I felt both, terrified and relieved. This book focuses on debunking the claims of (with all credit to James Randi) whoo-whoo quackeries of the times. He breaks down every claim and then zones in every aspect of them and attacks them with a passion that is beyond time. I say this because some readers might be taken back by some of the language here. There isn't any vulgarity (that I remember) but it's definitely wrote in a style that makes one stop and reread a few lines more than once but his passion and anger towards these claims is incredibly evident and hits you in the gut over and over again. This book makes me feel relieved on the basis that there can be skeptics this devoted to the truth. There are modern day debunkers and if you're reading this book I'm sure you're familiar with them and how strong they fight but it's very nice to know that the passion they have dates back so far. Now, as far as the terrifying aspects. I went in expecting the typical magnets hid in ties, the psychic is pushing the planchette but just doesn't know it, etc, etc. What I didn't expect was how they drink boiling oil! Some of the claims in this book are, for lack of better word, hardcore. The terrific levels start to occur when you realize that society is being fooled by the likes of John Edwards currently. There was once a time when the spiritual folk would swallow red hot swords, drink boiling oil and dip their hands in liquid metal. Did you know that? I sure as hell didn't. With all this craziness and incredibly awe inspiring tricks happening Houdini was still skeptical. He still remained scientific and now, in a room of two hundred people wishing to speak to a dead loved one, a psychic says "I get the letter 'B' and 'water'" and every one buys in. This thought is terrifying and you'll probably experience a certain level of deep depression after reading this. I assure you though, after dealing with the depression and coming back to read the book again, it's absolutely worth it if you want a history lesson on just how bad ass this man truly was in the skeptical world.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good expose, though somewhat dated--Read it! 22 mars 2012
Par Anthony L. - Publié sur
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In this book Houdini gives away some of the long-guarded secrets of magic, such as Fire-eating, sword-swallowing, and poisonous reptile handling.
The problem is that he takes too long to come to the point, which is telling us how it works, he takes so long in fact, that if you asked me how these tricks work I wouldn't be able to tell you.
Well, go for it if you like this kind of stuff.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 long-winded but very interesting 6 avril 2013
Par Mia - Publié sur
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For those unfamiliar with Houdini, he had the utmost respect for magicians/illusionists and folks who did tricks to entertain and mystify crowds. But he despised those same practitioners who would take advantage of people in any respect and in his later life, he set about exposing a number of charlatans and giving away tricks to shield people from being duped. He was famous for de-bunking seances and mediums who could conjure ectoplasm -- not because he wanted to expose the trick (he respected how they did it) but because these people were taking advantage of grieving spouses and children and charging top dollar to contact their dead loved ones.

This book focuses a great deal on fire tricks (fire eating, heat resistance, etc.) which date back to pre-historic times and were used as proof that someone was superhuman or godlike because mortal are not immune to fire. He mostly takes umbrage with the fire illusionists of his day because they were quacks -- not only could they pull off impressive feats but they also were selling their elixirs for burns and healing products that were, in actuality, junk science but the performances that they gave lended undue credibility.

I would agree with other reviewers that this book is VERBOSE and very long-winded, although excellently researched. It's a bit of a slow read, but full of interesting tips on how anyone could be "fire resistant" if they had the same arsenal of trickery.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Of some interest 5 août 2013
Par Hey Mumser - Publié sur
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I guess I was spoiled by an earlier book that covered Houdinis' very early life and described his efforts to develop better and better crowd pleasing magic..
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