The Secret Life of Houdini- The Making of America's First Superhero
Submitted by Cookieboy on 12 August 2013 - 11:54am
The life of Houdini naturally but largely centres on his battles with the Spiritualist Church that took up much of his later years. The villian of the piece is none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who comes across as vindictive, vicious, dim-witted and delusional, not chararacteristics you would ever associate with the creator of Sherlock Holmes. It's not a truly great book, many pages are spent on subjects that are nothing more than conjecture. Could he have been a spy? I still don't know. It has some fantastic anecdotes though and I powered through more than 500 pages in no time, it's a very enjoyable read.
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Anything to do with showbiz, Harry was one of the greatest showmen who ever lived. He would go on stage in a new city and ask for requests from the audience and someone he'd paid to be there would suggest an impossible sounding task(that he knew he could do) and after umming and aahing about how dangerous it would be he would say aomething like "I accept your challenge mysterious stranger. Come along tomorrow night people to watch possibly my final performance!"
One thing you've learned:
I love Houdini so much that by the time he was on his eventual deathbed I found myself hoping he'd pull through even though I had known how he died long before I purchased the book.