‘Fooling Houdini’ by Alex Stone
In “Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks and the Hidden Powers of the Mind,’’ Alex Stone, a former Discover Magazine editor, takes us inside the world of Vegas illusionists, shady three-card monte dealers in Manhattan, and seemingly perfect card tricks. The book picks up at the 2006 World Championships of Magic in Stockholm. A nervous Stone flubs his act, humiliating himself and forcing a brief retreat from magic. But he can’t stay away long. “Fooling Houdini’’ traces his journey back.