New York: Stoll & Edwards, 1927. Single volume, measuring 10.25 x 8 inches: . Original color pictorial printed boards, salmon cloth spine. Black-and-white illustrations on every page. Light shelfwear to binding, stitching loose at head of text block.
First edition of this popular illustrated guide to magic for children, published the year after Houdini’s untimely death: “It was the intention of Mr. Houdini to write a foreword for this book but the famous magician broke his last shackles before he had the opportunity to do so.” The book opens with a largely fictionalized biography of Houdini, transforming the Jewish immigrant from Budapest into a Wisconsin boy inspired by the traveling circus. Featured tricks include “The Disappearing Coin,” “Ring on a String,” “The Mysterious Match,” “The Magnetized Cane,” and “The Handkerchief Trick.” Solutions to puzzles printed on the final page, which doubles as the rear pastedown. A very good, unmarked copy of a delightful vintage guide.