I just heard an interesting interview with author Michael Chabon on NPR's Fresh Air program. He was discussing his book "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay." It's a novel (partly) about a stage escape artist in the 1930s who creates a super-hero comic book hero with many Houdini-like qualities.
I just read an excerpt on the author's web site and it looks extremely neat! Apart from being set in a German-speaking city (Prague), the snippet contains glancing references to all kinds of arcane sleights and such. (For me that's two levels of inside jokes!)
To check it out, go to home.earthlink.net/~mchabon
and click on "The Amazing Cavalieri, Escape Artist."
Apparently the book's been out for awhile in hardback and is being released now in paperback. I plan to go buy a copy this evening.
[ August 17, 2001: Message edited by: Dave Shepherd ]