Monday, February 5, 2018

Joe Posnanski's new Houdini book hits Amazon

Joe Posnanski's upcoming Houdini book is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The book will be released by Simon & Schuster on October 23, 2018. While it doesn't yet have a title or cover art, it does have a nice description.

Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski enters the world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans in an immersive, entertaining, and magical work on the illusionist’s impact on American culture—and why his legacy endures to this day.

Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burials. Close to a century after his death, nearly every person in America knows his name from a young age, capturing their imaginations with his death-defying stunts and daring acts. He inspired countless people, from all walks of life, to find something magical within themselves.

This is a book about a man and his extraordinary life, but it is also about the people who he has inspired in death. As Joe Posnanski delves into the deepest corners of Houdini-land, visiting museums (one owned by David Copperfield), attractions, and private archives, he encounters a cast of unforgettable and fascinating characters: a woman who runs away from home to chase her dream of becoming a magician; an Italian who revives Houdini’s most famous illusion every night; a performer at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles who calls himself Houdini’s Ghost; a young boy in Australia who, one day, sees an old poster and feels his life change; and a man in Los Angeles whose sole mission in life has been to keep the legend’s name alive.

Both a personal obsession and an odyssey of discovery, Posnanski draws inspiration from his lifelong passion for and obsession with magic, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to examine Harry Houdini’s life and legacy. This is the ultimate journey to uncover why this magic man endures, and what he still has to teach the world about wonder.

Based on the descriptions, think we can guess who Joe's cast of "Houdini-land" characters are?

Pre-order the Untitled Houdini Project by Joe Posnanski from (U.S.) and (UK).

UPDATEJoe Posnanski's Houdini book will be a 2019 release.



  1. David Copperfield, Houdini Museum Scranton PA, Dorothy Dietrich, Andrew Basso, Pat Culliton, John Cox. My guess from list you have.
    Dick Brookz

  2. That's quite the cast of characters! Can't wait!!!

  3. Now available on Amazon UK. Link added.