"Fortunes have been built and are still amassed on this trick alone": Rare first edition of Houdini's Paper Magic; Inscribed by Him
Houdini’s Paper Magic.
Item Number: 101244
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1922.
First edition, second printing of Houdini’s guide to the whole art of performing with paper. Octavo, original cloth, full color frontispiece, illustrated with engravings and figures within the text. Warmly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With best wishes for a merry xmas & Happy New Year xmas 1924 Houdini.” In very good condition with a strong signature from Houdini. Rare and desirable.
Best known for his sensational escape acts, Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer Harry Houdini published numerous books throughout his career. Houdini's earlier works were primarily instructional including the present volume which offers explicit instructions on how to perform paper tricks and create paper puzzles and folded objects. Later in his career and following the death of his mother, Houdini became obsessed with the supernatural and devoted years of research and study to discovering "...the truth or falsity of inter-communication between the dead and the living."