Author of Book

Discuss the historical aspects of magic, including memories, or favorite stories.

Postby Gord » 05/12/05 08:19 PM

I have recently purchased the book "Magic and Mystery: The Incredible Psychic Investigations of Houdini and Dunninger". I would like to slip it into my book case but I'm afraid I'm not sure who actually authored the book.
The introduction is by Dunninger, so this leads me to believe that he wrote it, but again I'm really not sure.
Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks in advance.

Gord
User avatar
Gord
 
Posts: 384
Joined: 01/18/08 01:00 PM
Location: Brampton, Ontario

Postby Dustin Stinett » 05/12/05 09:54 PM

Im pretty sure what you have is a later reprint (and thus re-titled edition) of Houdini's Spirit Exposes and Dunninger's Psychical Investigations by Dunninger and Houdini.

Dustin
User avatar
Dustin Stinett
 
Posts: 6293
Joined: 07/22/01 12:00 PM
Location: Southern California

Postby Gord » 05/13/05 08:25 AM

It is quite possible. The version I have is dated 1967 but gives no indication if it i first edition or a reprint.
User avatar
Gord
 
Posts: 384
Joined: 01/18/08 01:00 PM
Location: Brampton, Ontario

Postby Bob L » 05/13/05 09:52 PM

Clearly if its 1967, it's a reprint. Probably the Weathervane-published version.
Bob L
 
Posts: 70
Joined: 08/12/08 01:42 AM

Postby Philippe Billot » 05/14/05 12:18 AM

According to Bart Whaley, it seems the first edition was 1928. The book contained 111 pages.
I don't know the Publisher.
Philippe Billot
 
Posts: 968
Joined: 01/17/08 01:00 PM
Location: PARIS - FRANCE

Postby Linds » 05/14/05 03:25 AM

Just to muddy the water a little more, I have a paperback edition of a work entitled Houdini's Spirit World Dunninger's Psychic Revelations. It is 202 pages and has a 16 page signature od B&W photos tipped in.

It is published byTower Publications Inc., 185 Madison Ave, New York, New York. The copyright citation is "Copyright 1925, Liberty Weekly, Inc. Copyright renewed 1963, Liberty Library Corp, Copyright 1968, Liberty Library Corp." I assume that this last reference is for the book at hand.

From a quick browse, it appears to have been a collation of articles written by Dunninger and Houdini for Hugo Gernsback's Science and Invention Magazine.

Could this be the same book?

Regards
Lindsay
Linds
 
Posts: 29
Joined: 01/18/08 01:00 PM
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Postby Philippe Billot » 05/14/05 04:03 AM

It seems because Whaley quotes the articles for the Science and Invention Magazine.
Philippe Billot
 
Posts: 968
Joined: 01/17/08 01:00 PM
Location: PARIS - FRANCE

Postby Gord » 05/14/05 10:43 AM

Originally posted by boblinds:
Clearly if its 1967, it's a reprint. Probably the Weathervane-published version.
You are correct, it is the Weathervane version. It is 202 pages with no pictures.
User avatar
Gord
 
Posts: 384
Joined: 01/18/08 01:00 PM
Location: Brampton, Ontario


Return to Magic History and Anecdotes