By Brian Lead and Roger Woods
This book examines some of Houdini’s escapades in Lancashire, England and explodes some of the myths that the world famous escapologist built up around himself.
It draws on contemporary newspaper accounts and sources. Amongst other stories it relates closely the controversy surrounding Houdini’s appearance at the Palace Theatre, Blackburn in October 1902 when he faced one of his severest challenges from William Hope Hodgson, who was to go on to be a writer of fantasy literature before his death in the First World War. Houdini, a master of showmanship and publicity, was able to exploit the ordeal for many years afterwards. (Long out of print the 2013 edition of this book is now available in an A4 format from Lulu.com)