On the closing day of Summer of Magic, join us to discuss Houdini’s quest to discover the truth about the Spiritualist movement and the idea that the living can communicate with the dead. We’ll be joined by Children’s History Book Prize finalist author Deborah Noyes who will answer all your Houdini questions. We’ll also take a look at some fascinating magical materials in our Library collections!
About The Magician and the Spirits
Towards the end of his career, Harry Houdini couldn’t rest just being the world’s most famous escape artist—he decided to take on a cause: debunking the Spiritualist movement. Houdini believed that all who said they could channel the dead were “flim-flammers.” He was fiercely debated by Spiritualist devotee Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes series. Readers will enjoy exploring this era, when science, magic, religion, and entertainment collided. Noyes’ gift for dramatic non-fiction writing earned this book a spot on the Washington Post’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2017 as well as Barnes and Nobles’ Best Books of 2017.
Accessing the Book:
The Magician and the Spirits will be available from the NYHistory Store.