Friday, February 17, 2017

A book that's bound to please

Here's an end of the week treat from the collection of the great Kevin Connolly. This is a pre-order advertisement for Houdini's Magical Rope Ties and Escapes. Not only have I never seen this ad, but I don't think I've ever seen any ad for this book! I love the image of Houdini bound to the book here.

Kevin Connolly Collection

Published by Will Goldston in 1920, Magical Rope Ties and Escapes was only released in the UK. It was no doubt timed to take advantage of Houdini's return to the UK after six years absence because of the war. While it's not one of Houdini's more substantial works, it does contain terrific photos of Houdini in escape action, and the frontispiece photo of Houdini and Ira Davenport seems to foretell the next chapter in his career.

Magical Rope Ties and Escapes is available today for the Kindle. There is also a reprint available from Houdini's Magic Shop.

Thanks Kevin.

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3 comments:

  1. Also been available since around 2002 at http://www.lybrary.com/magical-rope-ties-escapes-p-119.html in PDF (originally in HTML). Never saw this advertisement before, and it sure is effective.

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  2. I HAVE SEEN IT BEFORE, AS A MATTER OF FACT I ALSO OWN A COPY OF IT.

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  3. We have a similar, but different ad. I would guess this comes from a book of some kind. The image has been edited by cutting off the bottom, possibly with that information..
    Anyone know where this is from originally? Maybe Kevin knows?
    Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz
    Creators of HoudiniOpoly, KickStarter
    Houdini Museum, Scranton, PA
    The Only Building in the World Dedicated to Houdini

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