Sunday, March 22, 2015

Don't bite on these...

You might have noticed these new Houdini "books" listed on Amazon for pre-order. They have wordy titles such as, Houdini and the Art of Illusion and Disillusion, and show prices as high as $26 with page counts as low as 24.

For those who might be confused, know that these are just excerpts from the 1932 book The Secrets of Houdini by J.C. Cannell, which is in the pubic domain. The book has been carved up and is being offered here hidden under new titles, and it isn't the first time. Disillusion indeed!

No need to take this bait. You can get a brand new copy of The Secrets of Houdini by J.C. Cannell for $9.38 on Amazon HERE.

Read my history of the Cannell book: The secrets of The Secrets of Houdini.


  1. Your history of the Cannell book is locked into Blogger, an apparent subset of Google. I can't get in there.

    I noticed that the photos in the newer Dover copies of the Cannell book contain muddier photos. The newer editions may have just been photocopied from the older ones. The photos in my dog eared 1970s copy are sharp and clear.