Thursday, August 15, 2019

Christopher Sandford talks Houdini and Conan Doyle

Here's an excellent interview with author Christopher Sandford about his 2011 book Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle & Harry Houdini. I'm not able to embed the clip, so you'll need to listen on YouTube.

The interviewer, Dr. Zohara Hieronimus, seems a bit preoccupied by the idea that his book should be a movie. Of course, Houdini and Doyle's friendship has already been the subject of a movie, a TV series, and numerous graphic novels and fiction books. I much prefer a solid work of non-fiction like Sandford's excellent book.

You can purchase Masters of Mystery at In the UK the book was released under the title Houdini and Conan Doyle and can be purchased at


1 comment:

  1. Great book. Has info about Montreal's MacKenzie King longest successful Prime Minister in Canadian history being secretly going to seances contacting Leonardo DiVinci, as well as his two dead dogs, connected to Montreal reader Lady Marler who was romantically linked to Montreal's J. Gordon Whitehead, who punched Houdini. Interestingly King was known to go to seances with Montreal's famous spiritualist Margery, who according to Houdini, threatened him when he went to Montreal.