Miracle Mongers and Their Methods: A complete expose of the modus operandi of fire eaters, heat resisters, poison eaters, Venomous reptile d
A complete exposé of the modus operandi of fire eaters, heat resisters, poison eaters, venomous reptile defiers, sword swallowers, human ostriches, strong men, etc. by Houdini. “No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.” - Harry Houdini Harry Houdini was an American stunt performer, the greatest escape artist in history, yet known to his contemporaries as a terrible stage magician. He first attracted notice as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he sensationally challenged different police forces to try to keep him locked up. In 1917 he performed a single illusion that has been fiercely debated ever since: Under the bright spotlights of New York's Theatre Hippodrome, he made a live elephant disappear. How was this possible and where did he learn this amazing trick and how did it work? The answers lie in Harry Houdini’s tell-all chronicle of illusionary innovation, backstage chicanery and espionage, elevated showmanship, and impassioned competition within the world of magicians. In Miracle Mongers and their Methods, Harry Houdini turns a critical eye to wonders such as 'The Incombustible Spaniard' or 'Defiers of Poisonous Reptiles'. The timeless fascination with miracles and astonishing claims makes this classic as timely as when it was originally written.