Using exclusive access to newly uncovered archives, Kalush and Sloman reveal the clandestine agreements in which the British and Americans recruited Houdini to be an active secret agent. In exchange for his cooperation, the governments of these two countries facilitated his rise to the top of the world stage. The authors give thrilling accounts of ...Read MoreUsing exclusive access to newly uncovered archives, Kalush and Sloman reveal the clandestine agreements in which the British and Americans recruited Houdini to be an active secret agent. In exchange for his cooperation, the governments of these two countries facilitated his rise to the top of the world stage. The authors give thrilling accounts of his assignments, such as his participation in early aerial surveillance and his use of his own magic magazine to communicate espionage-related information. After the war, Houdini embarked upon what became his most dangerous mission when he took on the Spiritualist movement. Convinced that Spiritualist mediums were frauds, he became obsessed with exposing them. But the Spiritualists were a powerful adversary. An organized network of fanatics, led by Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle, worked relentlessly to orchestrate a campaign that would silence Houdini forever. Grounded in solid research, but as exciting and dramatic as a good thriller, THE SECRET LIFE OF HOUDINI traces the magician's long and circuitous route from struggling vaudevillian to worldwide legend.Read Less
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A fascinating biography of the renowned escapologist and illusionist.
The account of his exploits in the world of espionage is intriguing and the narrative concerning his battle with the spiritualists which saw his relationship with Arthur Conan Doyle flounder is riveting. Houdini stands his ground and does not falter. Saying more here would be giving the game away. Suffice it to say, Harry Houdini does not disappoint.
Romanticists should find his relationship with his wife just as absorbing. His father was a Rabbi, she was the daughter of German Roman Catholics, but he was also a romantic at heart, even though their relationship did not always run smoothly. However, after he died she got rid of all his 'magical' props and his books - her way of escaping from the past, it would seem. What does that tell us!
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