By Brian Lead and Roger Woods
This book draws on the contemporary and other accounts to examine the persona Houdini created, having been born one Ehrich Weiss in Hungary prior to immigrating to America as a young child. It recaptures the era of variety and some of the acts that were rivalling Houdini.
It explores in detail Houdini’s clash with Carl Mysto in Salford in 1904, which had Houdini taking the unprecedented step of exposing his rival’s coffin escape on stage. It also tells the story of Jack Wilson, a blacksmith, who claimed to have beaten Houdini at his own game following his challenges to Houdini in Blackburn and Bolton.