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Houdini's Last Handcuffs: coming 2024 Press Release:

A Magical and Historical Adventure: Houdini’s Last Handcuffs


“Real magic is actually science and math making the seemingly impossible possible.”



Orlando, FL—Siblings Charlie and Cheryl Young bring their childhood fantasies to life in their new historical fiction novel, Houdini’s Last Handcuffs. This book brings the famous magician Harry Houdini to life.


This is a literary gut punch. It is the great Houdini book the world has been waiting for. A perfect escape!

John Kelly, Detroit Free Press


On Halloween, three children—a brother, sister, and their friend—receive an Ouija Board from a family friend. After a séance, the magician Houdini is brought back to life, but not by the séance itself. Houdini needs the children’s help to retrieve his notebook of scientific formulas. However, the formula for his return is flawed. Houdini, the family, and many close friends are part of The Inner Circle, a clandestine group using science, math, and physics for mankind’s good, as opposed to the Outer Circle, which uses them for evil. The notebook contains the formula that everyone wants. 


Houdini’s Last Handcuffs is that rare book one will be lucky to find where the reader can look back

 at a beloved performer, enjoy some childhood memories and nostalgia, join the characters

on a journey leading to an unexpected battle and look a bit more deeply into one’s own

 inquisitiveness about the afterlife, spirituality and the mind’s power.

Chris Cordani, Host of Book Spectrum


In real life, Houdini’s handcuffs were displayed as part of the Young’s home magic library. These are the inspiration for a part of this tale. Morris Young, the father of Charlie and Cheryl, related that story in his April 1992 article for The Linking Ring titled The Last Handcuffs. The Young siblings draw from real-life people, places, and objects to shape the story, and their passion and enthusiasm pour from every page. 


Brother and sister duo Charlie and Cheryl Young have quite successfully created a mesmerizing novel that is at once a masterful blend of history, science, magic, philosophy, cryptography,

and investigative mind stretching. 

Grady Harp, Top 100 Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer, 5-stars

Accompanied by detailed descriptions, lovable characters, and factual information about the actual Houdini, Houdini’s Last Handcuffs will captivate any reader. Charlie says, “It is for those who have imagination or still have a part of who they were when they were children for that is where this story begins.”




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