Houdini's Escapes and Magic - Prepared from Houdini's Private Notebooks and Memoranda With the Assistance of Beatrice Houdini, Widow of Houdini, and B
Walter B. Gibson
Drake Publishers (1976)
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#2934
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Magic tricks
Hardcover 0308102207
USA  English
Gibson, Walter: Houdini's Escapes and Magic
©1930, 1932 Bernard M.L. Ernst, Blue Ribbon Books, Inc., NY
Hardcover, 633 pages
©1976 Drake Publishers; Reprint of the 1932 edition published by Blue Ribbon Books
Hardcover, 616 pages

Comments: From the title page, "Prepared from Houdini's private notebooks and memoranda with the assistance of Beatrice Houdini, widow of Houdini, and Bernard M.L. Ernst, president of the parent assembly of the Society of American Magicians."
John Cox on his Wild About Houdini Website (www.wildabouthoudini.com) writes that in 1930 Houdini's Escapes was published by Harcourt, Brace and Company. Then Houdini's Magic was published in 1932. In that same year, Blue Ribbon Books published a combination edition titled "Houdini's Escapes and Magic", but the copyright in that book still said 1930.

Contents (Book1 contents from Book ToC, updated Feb 2017):
Book 1:

3 Part One - Introductory
3 Houdini's Notes
7 Houdini's Methods
12 The Escape Act
17 Handcuff Escapes
22 Rope Ties
26 Houdini's Cabinets
27 - The New Scene Cabinet
30 - The Built-Up Cabinet
31 - The Platform Cabinet
37 Part Two - Rope Ties and Chain Releases
37 Houdini's Trick Rope
39 The Sailor Challenge
41 The Rope Pillory
43 The Self-tie
45 The Gallows Restraint
49 Ladders and Rope Challenge
55 Chain Releases
55 - The Chain and Lock
56 - The Chain Challenge Act
59 - The Dog Chain Escape
61 The Escape Board

67 Part Three - Special Challenges
67 The Straitjacket Escape
72 The Blanket Restraint
77 Escape From a Crazy Crib
81 Hot Water and Wet Sheets
84 The Mail Bag Escape
87 The Pasteboard Box Escape
93 The Basket Escape
97 The Paper Bag Escape
103 Part Four - Box Escapes
103 Box Escapes of Various Types
104 - The Under-Water Escape
106 The Parking Box Escape
109 The Sliding Panel Box
111 The Telescopic Box
112 The Slide-up Box
114 The Metal-Rimmed Box
118 The Lead Shoted and Lined Box
123 The Double Box Escape
126 The Niagrara Falls Escape
128 The Indian Box Mystery
136 The Buried Box Escape
140 The Iron Express Box
141 - The Metal Bath-tubs
141 - The Sprinkling Wagon Escape
142 The Iron Box Challenge
149 The Plate Glass Box
157 Part Five - Under Water Escapes
157 Rubber Bag and Glass Box
166 The Crystal Water Casket
175 A Glass Cabinet
177 The Submerged Trunk Escape
183 Houdini‘s Double Box Mystery
188 Milk Can Escapes
191 - The Unprepared Milk Can
193 - The Milk Can Challenge
196 - The Regular Milk Can
197 The Double Milk Can
203 Part Six - Trunks, Barrels, Coffins
203 Trunk Escapes
207 Barrel and Cask Escapes
207 - The Barrel Challenge
212 - The False-bottomed Barrel
214 - The Side-trap Barrel
214 - The Double Barrel
216 The Great Coffin Imposture
219 Sheet Iron Coffin Escape
223 The Metal Casket Escape
227 The Galvanized Iron Coffin

233 Part Seven - Miscellaneous Escapes
233 The Wooden Log Escape
235 Pillory Escapes
235 - Pillory Number One
236 - Pillory Number Two
238 - Pillory Number Three
239 The Glass Cylinder
243 The Glass Tube Test
251 Escape From a Block of Ice
255 The Automobile Tire Escape
257 The Maine Tramp Chair
261 The Knife Box
264 The Spirit Collar
266 The Champion Lock Cuff
268 Two Tricky Doors
271 The Valise Challenge
277 Part Eight - Spectacular Mysteries and Escapes
277 The Cradle of Steel
280 Walking Through a Brick Wall
283 Walled in Alive!
287 The Cylindrical Cross Escape
296 The Suspended Brass Tube
302 The Great Cell Mystery
306 The Rack Test
312 The Spanish Maiden Escape
316 Conclusion
Book 2 (page numbers based on the stand-alone Bantam Paperback):
2 Part One - Introductory
2 Houdini's Notes on Magic
8 Part Two - Impromptu Tricks
8 Coin Transportation
8 The Magnetic Table
9 The Spooky Ball
10 The Talking Glass
11 Four Coin Assembly
15 Cut and Restored String
17 Balanced Drinking Straw
17 Two from One
18 The Dissolving Knot
20 Vanishing Pocket Knife

24 Part Three - Card Tricks
24 A Good Key Card
24 Half and Half
25 The Traveling Card
27 Card Reading Trick
28 A New Card Box
29 The Imprisoned Card
31 A Spelling Trick
32 Card Counting Trick
36 Part Four - Slate Tricks
36 Slate in Bag
37 Improved Slate Writing
39 Novel Slate Writing
41 Spirit Slate Effect
43 Single Slate Trick
44 Newspaper Test
48 Part Five - Message Reading
48 Crystal Gazing Mysteries
54 Sealed Message Reading
56 Sealed Envelope Test
60 A Billet Reading
66 Part Six - Platform Tricks
66 Red and Green Silks
67 The Vanishing Glass
69 A Clinging Wand (with Vanish)
71 A Vanishing Wand
72 The Traveling Die
74 With the Linking Rings
75 A Neat Production Tube
77 Perfection Paper Tearing
78 Cone and Egg
81 Houdini’s Afghan Bands
84 The Vanishing Table Leg
88 Part Seven - Stage Tricks
88 The Traveling Ball
90 Kellar’s Wine and Ribbon
93 Hat Suspension
94 A New Dyeing Tube
97 Ching Ling Foo’s Paper Trick
100 A Duck Production
102 Chinese Rice Bowls
106 Part Eight - A Second Sight Act
106 A Second Sight Act
108 The Watch Test
110 The Figure Test to 10,000
112 The Playing Card Test
114 The Slate Test
115 The Book Test
117 The Colored Pencil Test
118 Presentation of the Act
122 Part Nine - Stage Illusions
122 Dunninger's Six Chicks
126 Frame and Cabinet
129 The Cask Illusion
132 A Vanish in Mid-air
136 Sawing a Womarn into Twins
141 Sardines in Oil
145 The Transformation Cabinet
148 De Kolta's Illusion
151 The Flight of Venus
156 The Giant Ball of Wool
159 A Vanish from a Ladder
164 Part Ten - Special Stage Effects
164 Living Head Illusion
166 Art and Nature
169 The Decapitation Act
174 The Torture Pillory
175 A Milk Bottle Escape
180 Part Eleven - Antispiritualistic Effects
180 A Spirit Cabinet
182 The Spirit Knots
184 The Vanishing Chair
186 Spirit Photography
189 A Materializing Cabinet
191 Some Mediumistic Effects
192 A Great Cabinet Act

198 Part Twelve - Notes on Kellar
198 Kellar's Rope Tie
199 The Cabinet Tie
202 Kellar's Committee Cabinet
202 Notes on Suspension
203 A Kellar Reminiscence
206 Conclusion

Reprint of the 1932 edition published by Blue Ribbon Books combining two separate books: "Houdini's Escapes" and "Houdini's Magic. Prepared from Houdini's private notebooks and memoranda with the assistance of Beatrice Houdini,widow of Houdini and Bernard.M.L.Ernst,President of the Parent Assembly of the Society of American Magicians.



Product Details
No. of Pages 316
Personal Details
Read It Yes
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf I
Condition Very Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Notes
Gibson, Walter Brown
(1897-1985)

Gibson, already interested in magic as a child, joined the Society of American Magicians at the age of 22. He knew a great many celebrated magicians personally,such as Thurston, Houdini, Blackstone, Dunninger, and Kreskin for whom he worked as a Ghost writer. He also wrote: The Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic (1969), Popular Card Tricks (1972), Secrets of Magic (1973), New Magician's Manual (1975), The Book of Magic (1978), Walter Gibson's Big Book of Magic (1980), The Complete Illustrated Book of Divination and Prophecy.
More than just a magic writer, Gibson authored hundreds of other types of books and novels, including "The Shadow" (both in book form and in comic book form), novellettes about "Norgil the Magician," true crime stores for mystery and detective magazines.
Invented: Thumb Cuffs,
In 1971 The Academy of Magical Arts awarded Walter a Literary Fellowship. In 1979 he was awarded the Masters Fellowship.

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Walter B. Gibson bibliography
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is a complete list of books by Walter B. Gibson published during his lifetime and after his death.

Contents
1 Magic
2 Occult
3 Games
4 Other
5 The Shadow
5.1 Novels
5.2 Short stories
6 Biff Brewster series

Magic
Houdini's Escapes
Houdini's Magic
Houdini's Fabulous Magic
The Book of Secrets
The World's Best Book of Magic
Professional Magic for Amateurs
Blackstone's Secrets of Magic
Blackstone's Modern Card Tricks
Thurston's 200 Tricks You Can Do (1926)
Thurston's 200 More Tricks You Can Do (1927)
Fooling the World (1928)
The Thurston Magic Lessons (1928)
The Official Know-It-All Guide Magic for Beginners: Your Absolute, Quintessential, All You Wanted to Know, Complete Guide, with Walter Gibson and Mike Shelley (2000)
The Bunco Book (1928)
The Magician's Manual (1933)
The New Magician's Manual (1936)
Magic Explained (1949)
What's New in Magic (1956)
The Original Houdini Scrapbook (1976)
Magic for Beginners (Fell's Official Know-It-All Guides)
Advanced Magic (Fell's Official Know-It-All Guides)
Walter Gibson's Big Book of Magic for All Ages
Magic With Science (1975)
Mastering Magic: 100 Secrets of the Great Magicians
Junior magic: Easy-to-learn tricks or magic made simple
Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic
Professional Magic for Amateurs
The Great Houdini's Book of Magic Tricks, Puzzles and Stunts

Occult
The Complete Illustrated Book of the Psychic Sciences, a History, A Modern Survey, and How-to Instructions, Over 100 Illustrations, with Litzka R. Gibson
Complete Illustrated Book of The Psychic Sciences, with Litzka R. Gibson
Complete Illustrated Book of Divination & Prophecy, with Litzka R. Gibson
The Mystic and Occult Arts - A Guide to Their Use in Daily Living (by the author of The Shadow), with Litzka R. Gibson
Encyclopaedia of Prophecy, with Litzka R. Gibson
Science of Numerology or What Numbers Mean to You
Witchcraft: A History of the Black Art
Hypnotism through the ages
Hypnotism
The key to hypnotism
Dreams, Dreams, Dreams, Dreams, Dreams

Games
Backgammon (A 'Golden Hands' book)
Hoyle's modern encyclopedia of card games: rules of all the basic games and popular variations (1974)
Pinochle Is the Name of the Game (1975)
Poker is the Name of the Game
Poker: How to Play - How to Win
Hoyle's Simplified Guide to the Popular Card Games
Family Games America Plays
150 solitaire games

Other
Knots and How to Tie Them (1993)
Fell's Super Power Memory: A Fell's Official Know-It-All Guide, with Harry Lorayne
Rod Serling's Twilight Zone (1990 adaptation)
Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Revisited
Fell's guide to papercraft tricks, games, and puzzles
The Key to Space Travel
The Key to Astronomy

The Shadow Novels
The Living Shadow (1931)
Eyes of The Shadow (1931)
The Shadow Laughs (1931)
The Red Menace (1931)
Gangdom's Doom (1931)
The Death Tower (1932)
The Silent Seven (1932)
The Black Master (1932)
Mobsmen on the Spot (1932)
Hands in the Dark (1932)
Double Z (1932)
The Crime Cult (1932)
The Blackmail Ring (1932)
Hidden Death (1932)
Green Eyes (1932)
The Ghost Makers (1932)
The Five Chameleons (1932)
Dead Men Live (1932)
The Romanoff Jewels (1932)
Kings of Crime (1932)
Shadowed Millions (1933)
The Creeping Death (1933)
The Shadow's Shadow (1933)
Six Men of Evil (1933)
Fingers of Death (1933)
Murder Trail (1933)
The Silent Death (1933)
The Shadow's Justice (1933)
The Golden Grotto (1933)
The Death Giver (1933)
The Red Blot (1933)
The Ghost of the Manor (1933)
The Living Joss (1933)
The Silver Scourge (1933)
The Black Hush (1933)
The Isle of Doubt (1933)
The Grove of Doom (1933)
Master of Death (1933)
Road of Crime (1933)
The Death Triangle (1933)
The Killer (1933)
Mox (1933)
The Crime Clinic (1933)
Treasures of Death (1933)
The Embassy Murders (1934)
The Wealth Seeker (1934)
The Black Falcon (1934)
Gray Fist (1934)
The Circle of Death (1934)
The Green Box (1934)
The Cobra (1934)
Crime Circus (1934)
Tower of Death (1934)
Death Clew (1934)
The Key (1934)
The Crime Crypt (1934)
Charg, Monster (1934)
Chain of Death (1934)
The Crime Master (1934)
Gypsy Vengeance (1934)
Spoils of The Shadow (1934)
The Garaucan Swindle (1934)
Murder Marsh (1934)
The Death Sleep (1934)
The Chinese Disks (1934)
Doom on the Hill (1934)
The Unseen Killer (1934)
Cyro (1934)
The Four Signets (1935)
The Blue Sphinx (1935)
The Plot Master (1935)
The Dark Death (1935)
Crooks Go Straight (1935)
Bells of Doom (1935)
Lingo (1935)
The Triple Trail (1935)
The Golden Quest (1935)
The Third Skull (1935)
Murder Every House (1935)
The Condor (1935)
The Fate Joss (1935)
Atoms of Death (1935)
The Man from Scotland Yard (1935)
The Creeper (1935)
Mardi Gras Mystery (1935)
The London Crimes (1935)
The Ribbon Clues (1935)
The House That Vanished (1935)
The Chinese Tapestry (1935)
The Python (1935)
Zemba (1935)
The Case of Congressman Coyd (1935)
The Ghost Murders (1936)
Castle of Doom (1936)
Death Rides the Skyway (1936)
The North Woods Mystery (1936)
The Voodoo Master (1936)
The Third Shadow (1936)
The Salamanders (1936)
The Man from Shanghai (1936)
The Gray Ghost (1936)
City of Doom (1936)
The Crime Oracle (1936)
Murder Town (1936)
The Yellow Door (1936)
The Broken Napoleons (1936)
The Sledge-Hammer Crimes (1936)
Terror Island (1936)
The Golden Masks (1936)
Jibaro Death (1936)
City of Crime (1936)
Death by Proxy (1936)
The Strange Disappearance of Joe Cardona (1936)
The Seven Drops of Blood (1936)
Intimidation, Inc. (1936)
Vengeance Is Mine! (1937)
Loot of Death (1937)
Quetzel (1937)
Death Token (1937)
Murder House (1937)
Washington Crime (1937)
The Masked Headsman (1937)
Treasure Trail (1937)
Brothers of Doom (1937)
The Shadow's Rival (1937)
Crime, Insured (1937)
House of Silence (1937)
The Shadow Unmasks (1937)
The Yellow Band (1937)
Buried Evidence (1937)
The Radium Murders (1937)
The Keepers Gold (1937)
Death Turrets (1937)
Teeth of the Dragon (1937)
The Sealed Box (1937)
Racket Town (1937)
The Crystal Buddha (1938)
Hills of Death (1938)
The Murder Master (1938)
The Golden Pagoda (1938)
Face of Doom (1938)
Serpents of Siva (1938)
Cards of Death (1938)
The Hand (1938)
Voodoo Trail (1938)
The Rackets King (1938)
Murder for Sale (1938)
Death Jewels (1938)
The Green Hoods (1938)
Crime Over Boston (1938)
The Dead Who Lived (1938)
Vanished Treasure (1938)
The Voice (1938)
Chicago Crime (1938)
Shadow Over Alcatraz (1938)
Silver Skull (1939)
Crime Rides the Sea (1939)
Realm of Doom (1939)
The Lone Tiger (1939)
The Vindicator (1939)
Death Ship (1939)
Valley of Greed (1939)
The Three Brothers (1939)
Smugglers of Death (1939)
City of Shadows (1939)
Death from Nowhere (1939)
The Isle of Gold (1939)
Wizard of Crime (1939)
The Crime Ray (1939)
The Golden Master (1939)
Castle of Crime (1939)
The Masked Lady (1939)
Ships of Doom (1939)
City of Ghosts (1939)
Shiwan Khan Returns (1939)
House of Shadows (1939)
Death Premium (1940)
The Hooded Circle (1940)
The Getaway Ring (1940)
Voice of Death (1940)
The Invincible Shiwan Khan (1940)
The Veiled Prophet (1940)
The Spy Ring (1940)
Death in the Stars (1940)
Masters of Death (1940)
Scent of Death (1940)
Q (1940)
Gems of Doom (1940)
Crime at Seven Oaks (1940)
The Fifth Face (1940)
Crime County (1940)
The Wasp (1940)
Crime Over Miami (1940)
Xitli, God of Fire (1940)
The Shadow, The Hawk, and The Skull (1940)
Forgotten Gold (1941)
The Wasp Returns (1941)
The Chinese Primrose (1941)
Mansion of Crime (1941)
The Time Master (1941)
The House on the Ledge (1941)
The League of Death (1941)
Crime Under Cover (1941)
The Thunder King (1941)
The Star of Delhi (1941)
The Blur (1941)
The Shadow Meets the Mask (1941)
The Devil Master (1941)
Garden of Death (1941)
Dictator of Crime (1941)
The Blackmail King (1941)
Temple of Crime (1941)
Murder Mansion (1941)
Crime's Stronghold (1941)
Alibi Trail (1942)
The Book of Death (1942)
Death Diamonds (1942)
Vengeance Bay (1942)
Formula for Crime (1942)
Room of Doom (1942)
The Jade Dragon (1942)
The Northdale Mystery (1942)
Twins of Crime (1942)
The Devil's Feud (1942)
Five Ivory Boxes (1942)
Death About Town (1942)
Legacy of Death (1942)
Judge Lawless (1942)
The Vampire Murders (1942)
Clue for Clue (1942)
Trail of Vengeance (1942)
The Murdering Ghost (1942)
The Hydra (1942)
The Money Master (1942)
The Museum Murders (1943)
Death's Masquerade (1943)
The Devil Monsters (1943)
Wizard of Crime (1943)
The Black Dragon (1943)
The Robot Master (1943)
Murder Lake (1943)
Messenger of Death (1943)
House of Ghosts (1943)
King of the Black Market (1943)
The Muggers (1943)
Murder by Moonlight (1943)
The Crystal Skull (1944)
Syndicate of Death (1944)
Toll of Death (1944)
Crime Caravan (1944)
Freak Show Murders (1944)
Voodoo Death (1944)
Town of Hate (1944)
Death in the Crystal (1944)
The Chest of Chu-Chan (1944)
The Shadow Meets The Mask (1944)
Fountain of Death (1944)
No Time for Murder (1944)
Guardian of Death (1945)
Merry Mrs. MacBeth (1945)
Five Keys to Crime (1945)
Death has Gray Eyes (1945)
Tear-drops of Buddha (1945)
Three Stamps of Death (1945)
The Mask of Mephisto (1945)
Murder by Magic (1945)
The Taiwan Joss (1945)
A Quarter of Eight (1945)
The White Skulls (1945)
The Stars Promise Death (1945)
The Banshee Murders (1946)
Crime Out of Mind (1946)
Mother Goose Murders (1946)
Crime Over Casco (1946)
The Curse of Thoth (1946)
Alibi Trail (1946)
Malmordo (1946)
Jade Dragon (1948)
Dead Man's Chest (1948)
The Magigal's Mystery (1949)
The Black Circle (1949)
The Whispering Eyes (1949)
Return of The Shadow (1963)

Short stories
"Riddle of the Rangoon Ruby" (1979)
"Blackmail Bay" (1980)
[edit] Biff Brewster series
Brazilian Gold Mine Mystery (1960)
Mystery of the Mexican Treasure (1961)
Mystery of the Ambush in India (1962)
Egyptian Scarab Mystery (1963)
Mystery of the Alpine Pass (1965)