Monday, July 13, 2015

Fact Checking Houdini The Miniseries in print

Today I'm excited to offer the first printed publication of the WILD ABOUT HARRY Press (yes, that's still a thing). Fact Checking HOUDINI The Miniseries is a printed version of my popular Houdini miniseries "Fact Check" posts from last year. But it's also more.

Included are reviews of the U.S. broadcast (History) version and the Extended DVD (Lionsgate) version, as well as something entirely new; a never before published history of the production with facts and behind-the-scenes images that you will not find anywhere online (what I show on page 9 is especially awesome). I've also packed it with photos from the miniseries and some uncommon shots of the real Harry. Here's the official description:

In 2014 the HISTORY channel aired a new biopic about the world’s most famous magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini. Written by Nicholas Meyer and starring Adrien Brody, it promised to tell the “cradle to grave” story of Houdini’s amazing career. But what was fact and what was fiction? Was Houdini really a spy? Did he have an affair with Lady Butler? In this illustrated primer, Houdini historian and blogger John Cox ( takes up the challenge and separates Fact from Fiction in the HOUDINI miniseries. Also included is a history of the production, reviews, and rare photos of the real Houdini in action.

The price is $12.99, higher than what I wanted to ask, but because I opted for a color interior and all distribution channels, it's the price I'm locked into. But I really think it's worth it. This offers a nice printed record of the Houdini miniseries which, like it or not, was the Houdini event of 2014 and is now an inescapable part of Houdini history. Here in a tight 58-page fully illustrated primer you have the whole story.

You can buy Fact Checking HOUDINI The Miniseries on (U.S.), (UK), or direct from CreateSpace.

Thanks so much for giving this a look. If you feel so inclined, a review on Amazon would be greatly appreciated. And if you have any questions about the book, please ask in the Comments below.



  1. Awesome! I love that it is a printed version and will be picking one up. Now I just need you to sign it for me after it arrives.

  2. Already ordered mine.

    1. Thank you, Mantoo. :) I want to talk to you about the next one.

  3. Eduardo caamañoJuly 14, 2015 at 3:38 AM

    Congratulations John... Soon you will have your own book collection !

  4. Ordered my copy yesterday!

  5. Thanks gang. Really appreciate it. I'm still feeling my way through the self-publishing process, this booklet is just a second small step, but I have some really great ideas for more printed books and ways to get more of this blog in print. Your support of this little book helps inspire and push me forward, so thank you again. :)

  6. I will have mine signed via electronic signature if that's okay ;-)
    I know this is opening up a can of worms and there are varying opinions..... you could consider an amalgamation of the blogs regarding "the punches"
    That information would supplement Don Bell's book imho.

    1. That's not a bad idea. But what I would want to do is somehow include all the comments. That's where a lot of gold is on those posts.