Gibson, Walter: Houdini's Escapes and Magic
©1930, 1932 Bernard M.L. Ernst, Blue Ribbon Books, Inc., NY
Hardcover, 633 pages
Houdini's
              Escapes and Magic
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Comments: From the title page, "Prepared from Houdini's private notebooks and memoranda with the assistance of Beatrice Houdini, widow of Houdini, and Bernard M.L. Ernst, president of the parent assembly of the Society of American Magicians."

John Cox on his Wild About Houdini Website (www.wildabouthoudini.com) writes that in 1930 Houdini's Escapes was published by Harcourt, Brace and Company. Then Houdini's Magic was published in 1932. In that same year, Blue Ribbon Books published a combination edition titled "Houdini's Escapes and Magic", but the copyright in that book still said 1930.

Contents (Book1 contents from Book ToC, updated Feb 2017):

Book 1:

3 Part One - Introductory
3 Houdini's Notes
7 Houdini's Methods
12 The Escape Act
17 Handcuff Escapes
22 Rope Ties
26 Houdini's Cabinets
27 - The New Scene Cabinet
30 - The Built-Up Cabinet
31 - The Platform Cabinet

37 Part Two - Rope Ties and Chain Releases
37 Houdini's Trick Rope
39 The Sailor Challenge
41 The Rope Pillory
43 The Self-tie
45 The Gallows Restraint
49 Ladders and Rope Challenge
55 Chain Releases
55 - The Chain and Lock
56 - The Chain Challenge Act
59 - The Dog Chain Escape
61 The Escape Board

67 Part Three - Special Challenges
67 The Straitjacket Escape
72 The Blanket Restraint
77 Escape From a Crazy Crib
81 Hot Water and Wet Sheets
84 The Mail Bag Escape
87 The Pasteboard Box Escape
93 The Basket Escape
97 The Paper Bag Escape

103 Part Four - Box Escapes
103 Box Escapes of Various Types
104 - The Under-Water Escape
106 The Parking Box Escape
109 The Sliding Panel Box
111 The Telescopic Box
112 The Slide-up Box
114 The Metal-Rimmed Box
118 The Lead Shoted and Lined Box
123 The Double Box Escape
126 The Niagrara Falls Escape
128 The Indian Box Mystery
136 The Buried Box Escape
140 The Iron Express Box
141 - The Metal Bath-tubs
141 - The Sprinkling Wagon Escape
142 The Iron Box Challenge
149 The Plate Glass Box

157 Part Five - Under Water Escapes
157 Rubber Bag and Glass Box
166 The Crystal Water Casket
175 A Glass Cabinet
177 The Submerged Trunk Escape
183 Houdini‘s Double Box Mystery
188 Milk Can Escapes
191 - The Unprepared Milk Can
193 - The Milk Can Challenge
196 - The Regular Milk Can
197 The Double Milk Can

203 Part Six - Trunks, Barrels, Coffins
203 Trunk Escapes
207 Barrel and Cask Escapes
207 - The Barrel Challenge
212 - The False-bottomed Barrel
214 - The Side-trap Barrel
214 - The Double Barrel
216 The Great Coffin Imposture
219 Sheet Iron Coffin Escape
223 The Metal Casket Escape
227 The Galvanized Iron Coffin

233 Part Seven - Miscellaneous Escapes
233 The Wooden Log Escape
235 Pillory Escapes
235 - Pillory Number One
236 - Pillory Number Two
238 - Pillory Number Three
239 The Glass Cylinder
243 The Glass Tube Test
251 Escape From a Block of Ice
255 The Automobile Tire Escape
257 The Maine Tramp Chair
261 The Knife Box
264 The Spirit Collar
266 The Champion Lock Cuff
268 Two Tricky Doors
271 The Valise Challenge

277 Part Eight - Spectacular Mysteries and Escapes
277 The Cradle of Steel
280 Walking Through a Brick Wall
283 Walled in Alive!
287 The Cylindrical Cross Escape
296 The Suspended Brass Tube
302 The Great Cell Mystery
306 The Rack Test
312 The Spanish Maiden Escape
316 Conclusion

Book 2 (page numbers based on the stand-alone Bantam Paperback):

2 Part One - Introductory
2 Houdini's Notes on Magic

8 Part Two - Impromptu Tricks
8 Coin Transportation
8 The Magnetic Table
9 The Spooky Ball
10 The Talking Glass
11 Four Coin Assembly
15 Cut and Restored String
17 Balanced Drinking Straw
17 Two from One
18 The Dissolving Knot
20 Vanishing Pocket Knife

24 Part Three - Card Tricks
24 A Good Key Card
24 Half and Half
25 The Traveling Card
27 Card Reading Trick
28 A New Card Box
29 The Imprisoned Card
31 A Spelling Trick
32 Card Counting Trick

36 Part Four - Slate Tricks
36 Slate in Bag
37 Improved Slate Writing
39 Novel Slate Writing
41 Spirit Slate Effect
43 Single Slate Trick
44 Newspaper Test

48 Part Five - Message Reading
48 Crystal Gazing Mysteries
54 Sealed Message Reading
56 Sealed Envelope Test
60 A Billet Reading

66 Part Six - Platform Tricks
66 Red and Green Silks
67 The Vanishing Glass
69 A Clinging Wand (with Vanish)
71 A Vanishing Wand
72 The Traveling Die
74 With the Linking Rings
75 A Neat Production Tube
77 Perfection Paper Tearing
78 Cone and Egg
81 Houdini’s Afghan Bands
84 The Vanishing Table Leg

88 Part Seven - Stage Tricks
88 The Traveling Ball
90 Kellar’s Wine and Ribbon
93 Hat Suspension
94 A New Dyeing Tube
97 Ching Ling Foo’s Paper Trick
100 A Duck Production
102 Chinese Rice Bowls

106 Part Eight - A Second Sight Act
106 A Second Sight Act
108 The Watch Test
110 The Figure Test to 10,000
112 The Playing Card Test
114 The Slate Test
115 The Book Test
117 The Colored Pencil Test
118 Presentation of the Act

122 Part Nine - Stage Illusions
122 Dunninger's Six Chicks
126 Frame and Cabinet
129 The Cask Illusion
132 A Vanish in Mid-air
136 Sawing a Womarn into Twins
141 Sardines in Oil
145 The Transformation Cabinet
148 De Kolta's Illusion
151 The Flight of Venus
156 The Giant Ball of Wool
159 A Vanish from a Ladder

164 Part Ten - Special Stage Effects
164 Living Head Illusion
166 Art and Nature
169 The Decapitation Act
174 The Torture Pillory
175 A Milk Bottle Escape

180 Part Eleven - Antispiritualistic Effects
180 A Spirit Cabinet
182 The Spirit Knots
184 The Vanishing Chair
186 Spirit Photography
189 A Materializing Cabinet
191 Some Mediumistic Effects
192 A Great Cabinet Act

198 Part Twelve - Notes on Kellar
198 Kellar's Rope Tie
199 The Cabinet Tie
202 Kellar's Committee Cabinet
202 Notes on Suspension
203 A Kellar Reminiscence
206 Conclusion



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