Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Houdini's Last Handcuffs by Charlie & Cheryl Young

Today sees the release of Houdini's Last Handcuffs written by our friends Charlie & Cheryl Young. It's a delightful work of historical fiction featuring many familiar faces from the world of magic in the 1950s, including the spirit of Houdini!

Houdini’s Last Handcuffs weaves a mesmerizing blend of historical fiction and fantasy in 1950s Manhattan. On the 30th anniversary of Houdini's death, three young friends, gifted a mystical Ouija Board by the enigmatic writer Walter Gibson, find themselves thrust into a world of wonder.

While the adults attempt to reach Houdini in a Séance at his former residence, the children unknowingly call upon the great magician, not through the Ouija board or séance but via an enigmatic pair of handcuffs from their father's magic collection.

Houdini, in dire need of their aid, reveals a hidden notebook filled with scientific formulas coveted by both benevolent and malevolent secret circles. This notebook is a puzzle, locked behind Houdini's cryptic code.

The unexpected unfolds, setting off a thrilling chase, where the pursuit of Houdini's notebook holds the key to secrets, mystique, and adventure. Houdini’s Last Handcuffs is a riveting journey into a world where magic meets science, tantalizing readers with every twist and turn.

You can purchase Houdini's Last Handcuffs from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk



  1. fyi--The book's cover photo was based on the photo printed in the Linking Ring magazine; April 1992: "The Last Handcuffs" - by Dr. Morris N. Young. I assume no family relationship between the authors and Dr. Young?

    1. There's a major relationship. Morris Young was Charlie Young's father! These handcuffs are real as well.

    2. I remember reading that story somewhere. It was a pair of cuffs hanging over a doorway in the basement of Hardeen's Flatbush house. If I remember correctly, Hardeen's widow gave or sold them to Morris.

    3. Just for additional information, Cheryl and I still have the handcuffs and yes, Hardeen's widow gave them to our Dad as a memento of the brothers. The article and cuffs were part of the inspiration for our book. The Linking Ring was kind to give us permission to reprint our Dad's article--which is included at the end of our book for all to read.