The Right Way to Do Wrong: An Expose of Successful Criminals Paperback – 15 Mar 2007
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The legendary Harry Houdini started the tradition of magicians debunking charlatans and revealing secrets of the trade that continues today through the likes Penn and Teller or James "The Amazing" Randi. But Houdini went even further here, in this delightful 1906 novelty: he revealed the working secrets of thieves, swindlers, and con artists. Culled from his conversations with "the chiefs of police and the most famous detectives in the world," Houdini's tales of the tricks of the trade of beggars, pickpockets, and burglars are instructive and amusing. The master showman was also a surprisingly entertaining writer-and this is one of his most enjoyable books, one that will enthrall readers of true crime as well as fans of Houdini himself. Hungarian-American magician and professional skeptic EHRICH WEISS (1874-1926)-aka Harry Houdini, "Handcuff King and Jail Breaker"-also wrote Magical Rope Ties and Escapes (1920) and A Magician Among the Spirits (1924).
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written by Harry Houdini around 1906. This is a book of it's time.
'An expose of successful criminals' revealing working secrets of thieves,swindlers and con-artists.
More of a Novelty book now. But the stories are delightfully told, and clearly a lot of time went into
interviewing the chiefs of police and famous detectives of that day.
For the true crime, and Houdini collectors.
His tone throughout is very dated and patronising with items such as the diagram of a criminal's typical hand shape being obviously laughable. Houdini does understand the titillation expected by the majority of his readers though. His frequent moral protestations are very much tongue in cheek. This book is an interesting glimpse into social attitudes of the time as much as its prevalent crime.