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Bigger Secrets: More Than 125 Things They Prayed You'd Never Find Out Paperback – December 1, 1989
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It's obvious that Poundstone has learned since releasing "Big Secrets". He's learned to tell a better story, learned to create suspense, learned what information is utterly useless dreck and what is genuinely entertaining. Both he and the reader benefit from this a great deal.
He's still making wildly speculative guesses about food contents, but here we get a nice tale about how he went about obtaining a sample of Oysters Rockefeller and sent it to a lab. He's still giving away magicians' secrets, but now we are amused by the little backstory he gives his investigation. Overall, this book is better written and is a better read.
One complaint I still have is Poundstone's attitude. His tone is snotty throughout the book; he is critical of people who don't know enough to dress for Antoine's restaurant, of Disneyland, of magicians in general. Rather than revel in the fun of discovery and slyly let you in on the joke, he uses his words to puncture secrets and deflate them, like an evil older brother spilling the beans about Santa Claus. If you are a fan of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, his expose' will seem particularly harsh.
"Secrets" is fun and will definitely entertain you. I hope the author continues to learn and grow with each book. If so, I look forward to "Biggest Secrets"
A Shriner may pledge that if he divulges the secrets of his order, he may incur "the penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to the center with a three-edged blade." But Poundstone discovered a Masonic supply house ("The Geo. Lauterer Corporation") that works by mail order and doesn't check ID, ordered a selection of titles, and tells us all of the inside skinny on IAOM and Tubal-Cain.
"Big Secrets" tells as much as Poundstone could find out about the secret formula for Coca-Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken. It tells how the Rorschach test works and how to cheat on it. It tells several methods by which magicians saw a woman in two (you see, one of them is patented, so if you write the patent office and ask for patent #1,458,575...)
"Bigger Secrets" is equally good, maybe better. I think my favorite is his description of what the Rosicrucians are really like, but his explanation of how David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty Vanish and his analysis of backward and "subliminal" messages in records and movies are also excellent.
A great book to read if you're planning to join the Scientology cult, as this one tells you exactly what you'd be paying $12,000 (in 1986 dollars) to find out (hint: It's a really crappy sci-fi novel).
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hey Magicians and illusnists young or old boy or girls, men or woman, theses books are acuarte especally the magic the all sawing in half illusions are acuRATE! Read morePublished on November 29, 2000 by william page
You probably have not read my review of "Big Secrets", so you have no idea of my absolute disdain for that work. Read morePublished on August 26, 2000 by Patrick Burnett
The second book in the "Secrets" series is better and more interesting than the first but I still resist giving more than 3 stars since I know that information in his... Read morePublished on April 14, 2000 by Wayne Roache, Jr.
this book is not worth it you should not bye dont waste money on it get somthing else its badPublished on February 1, 2000