Fooling Houdini

Fooling Houdini
Alex Stone

In 2006 Alex Stone flamed out spectacularly while competing at the Magic Olympics in Stockholm. That embarrassing experience (which he subsequently recounted in a controversial story appearing in Harper’s magazine) is what launches Fooling Houdini, a book that chronicles Stone’s obsessive quest for redemption in the eyes of his peers. Though revealing few professional secrets, this is still a fascinating “insider’s” look into the history and contemporary practices of a mysterious subculture, and offers some fresh professional insights into the relations between magic and math, physics, theatre, and psychology.