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Thursday, January 24, 2013

WILD about Houdini books

I've launched a new page here at WILD ABOUT HARRY -- a Bibliography. Here I've listed over 200 books by and about Houdini. While these are all books from my collection, this is not a collectors bibliography in that I only list one edition of each title (the first edition). This is for easy reference and an attempt to have a comprehensive list of all Houdini books in one place, although I make no claims that this will ever be complete. But I think I can get close.

While I've included pamphlets and lecture notes, I've drawn the line at magazine articles (for that I recommend Arthur Moses's amazing Houdini Periodical Bibliography). I also don't list general magic books that only feature a section on Houdini. I'll continue to add more books as they come to my attention and/or possession.


Photo of Houdini and Bess book shopping in Paris from Houdini A Pictorial Life by Milbourne Christopher.

7 comments:

  1. That photo looks like it was taken in an outdoor bazaar in Paris. I'm guessing the lady standing next to Houdini is Bess. I wonder if the lady behind Bess is just another shopper or somebody tagging along with them.

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    1. It was indeed taken in Paris. The other woman looks like Julie Karcher.

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  2. I love the new web-page and the idea of listing one edition of each title. I am going to have fun seeing which ones I have and don’t have. Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. Check out that candlestick telephone on Houdini's desk! Unbelievable!

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    1. There's a photo of him talking on it in Henning. I show it here: http://www.wildabouthoudini.com/2011/09/tom-interval-uncovers-houdinis-unknown.html

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  4. I'm busy on some other Houdini projects but as soon as I can I'll fill in the blanks of additional Houdini related titles. There are many more in my collection; we have to get to the foreign language titles as well.

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