First printing of this how-to magic book by the escape master himself, Harry Houdini.
Very good plus.
MAGICAL ROPE TIES AND ESCAPES
"He stands head and shoulders above all other magicians of our time." – Harry Kellar, quoted in THE SECRET LIFE OF HOUDINI
Houdini wasn't just a master magician: he was a passionate educator, greatly expanding the membership and purview of the Society of American Magicians, revitalizing the group with new practitioners. Another facet of his efforts to grow the magic field was his series of guidebooks for popular feats and tricks. In MAGICAL ROPE TIES AND ESCAPES, Houdini advises on everything from the scripted "patter" to keep observers entertained during the escape ("There is nothing more contagious than exuberant enthusiasm, and it is sure to 'get' an audience") to the best type of rope to use for tricks (Silver Lake Sash Cord). This attractive copy is a fascinating peek document of the methods of one of the world's greatest showmen.
Read more: William Kalush and Larry Sloman, The Secret Life of Houdini.
First edition. London: Will Goldston, Limited, [circa 1920]. 7.25'' x 4.75''. Original color pictorial boards. Illustrated in black and white with pictorial ads to pastedowns; seven photographic plates. 78 pages. Dedication slip to Harry Kellar tipped onto second leaf, as usual. Publisher's bookshop label to front pastedown. Bookseller label of "The Old Corner Book Store" to title page. Binding with light bumping to corners and spine ends, a bit of rubbing to rear board; joints just starting at head and tail of spine. Leaves with scattered faint foxing. Overall bright and sound. A handsome example.
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