Houdini and Conan Doyle

25 May

On the surface you really cannot imagine Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle having much in common.

In “Houdini and Conan Doyle” Christopher Sandford digs deep to show just how alike the two men actually were. Right down to their stubborn refusal to see things from anyone else’s point of view. Which ultimately lead to them going from friends to rivals, one would almost be prepared to say, enemies, over Conan Doyle’s belief in spiritualism and Houdini’s disbelief in same.

The book tracks the ups and downs of both men’s lives, and those of their families. Speaking of which, I have come away for the book wanting to know more about Houdini’s wife, Bess. A truly amazing woman on a lot of levels.

This book holds great appeal to anyone interested in the history of spiritualism and stage magic, as well as the lives of two extraordinary men.

Highly recommended.

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