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An autobiographical history of magic, profusely illustrated with diagrams of magic tricks and photographs of Goldston's career.
From the foreword by J. C. Cannell:
The exposures he makes range from the most spectacular and elaborate illusions to the smallest pocket trick. His book, indeed, is the alpha and omega of magic. He conceals nothing, hides no secrets.
The careful researches which I had to make in order to tell the public exactly how Houdini achieved his escapes and performed illusions which seemed like miracles, led me to think that I had exhausted all the resources of magic. But, after reading the proofs of this fascinating book, I realized how much I had not known.
1st edition 1934, 288 pages; PDF 202 pages.word count: 91146 which is equivalent to 364 standard pages of text