Timeglider's Reviews > Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind

Fooling Houdini by Alex  Stone
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Jul 27, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: magic

So far so good. My only issue so far is that Stone seems to be, to an extent, in reputation damage-control, and spends too much time talking about his own foibles as a writer who has, at times, been at loggerheads with the magic establishment — a certain apron wringing. Otherwise, totally fascinating.

... later

Okay, I had to throw in the towel: The book gets so self-absorbed (and -aggrandizing), it became hard to stomach. Stone peppers the book with enough references to his own chops as a science writer, and at times digs into magic history, but doesn't follow through with enough in those regards. What started out at five stars descended to three at best.

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