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Houdini's Final Incredible Secret: How Houdini Mystified Sherlock Holmes' Creator Paperback – August 22, 2016
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"HOUDINI'S FINAL INCREDIBLE SECRET is the quintessential lesson in what persistent, dedicated, relentless research can achieve....Bob Loomis has done an amazing job that deserves accolades from the rooftops. Highly Recommended." - VANISH Magazine
"Houdini's Final Incredible Secret by Bob Loomis is a masterclass in the study of Houdini and magic history. It's really one of the most remarkable works ever produced on any single magician...It's a book that deserves a standing ovation." - WILDABOUTHOUDINI.COM (John Cox)
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I have created a Facebook page for Houdini's Final Incredible Secret. It augments and amplifies parts of the book. After 20 years of research I had quite a bit I could not put into the book. The page will include pictures and relevant information on Houdini and his amazing life, BUT you will have to read the book for the complete story. You can find it at
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In this book we enter the mind of the author as he takes us through his painstaking process to research and come up with several theories of the “What, Why, Who and How” this baffling trick was conceived, created, practiced, performed and who was involved!
Is this just a book about a Magic Trick with an explanation of how it was done? No not by a longshot! While the Author set out to solve how Houdini fooled Doyle on that day, he also found and documented a ton of historical material and references that will be appreciated by the Houdini enthusiast and Magician alike.
His research presents new theories about Houdini the man himself. It opens us up to complex areas about Houdini’s thought process, his method of creating and practicing his art, his ego, his temper, his need to perfect and execute without fail.
The “Who” section of this books is full of gems. Bob writes about Houdini but also about Doyle, Ernst, Carrington and their roles. He tells us more about invisible men and women working behind the scenes such as Robert Gysel Houdini’s “Dirty Tricks” man!
Focusing on “Where” he builds a picture of Houdini’s library at his Brownstone on 278 West 113th Street in Harlem New York where the illusion is performed. He attempts to determine the exact path Doyle took around the block and where he might have stopped to write his secret message!
The Magician will learn the Secret (or at least the best theory of this day) of this famous illusion and be very entertained throughout every twist and turn of this book. The Magician will also appreciate the study of how the illusion was selected and the creative process to build it into a routine and perfect the performance.
For the Houdini Historian, or “Houdini Nut” (Yes I admit I’m one of those…), you will find this book fascinating and littered with several Rabbit Holes to go down and several points to argue with your other Houdini fanatic friends!
The story is about a single afternoon in Houdini's life. It could be the afternoon of any professional, or amateur magician.
Houdini did a trick in his home for a couple friends.
Not a big trick. Not a vanishing elephant. Not a daring escape. Not a stunt that would make worldwide headline and strengthen his status as a living legend.
But this single trick, done only once for two people, took more research, preparation, and possibly manpower, than David Copperfield Vanishing The Statue of Liberty!
What was the trick? Who were the spectators? Why did Houdini go to such extremes to fool them? Why is this one of the most important events in the life of Houdini?
You will have to read Houdin's Final Incredible Secret to find out.
It takes the reader on a journey of painstaking research, hunting for clues and logical deductions that one might imagine Sherlock Holmes being proud of. It also offers an insight not just into Houdini's life and his friendship with Conan Doyle, but into his character and his thinking.
A fascinating book!