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* 1/2 Fooling Houdini by Alex Stone

Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind tells of the author’s fascination with magic and his struggles to become competent at (difficult) card tricks. Along the way we go to a magic convention, taste the politics of magicians’ societies (much the same as the politics of any membership organization), go to magic school, and even get a  lesson on how magicians exploit our psychological weaknesses to amaze us. I just could not quite get over the general geekiness of the narrative, which only peaked my interest  when the author discussed the intriguing parallels between magic and sheer fraud. Think about it…

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