Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2012: Before reading this book, I thought magic was a little inane. The magicians
of my memory wore capes and makeup. They pulled doves from their hats and deployed a lot of smoke. But in Fooling
Houdini, Alex Stone reveals a world far deeper and fascinating than I ever imagined. After failing at the Magic Olympics
in Stockholm, Stone gets serious about the art of illusion. He attends magic schools and seeks out one of the best "card
mechanics" in the world. Along the way, he learns how criminal empires were built on age-old magic scams. He studies the
art of mind-reading. And he explains how magicians exploit cognitive blind spots to make the impossible happen in
public. He pursues every dark nook of the magic world in pursuit of the ultimate goal – a routine so mindboggling that
it would fool other master magicians. Does he succeed? I'd tell you the answer, but that would ruin the magic.