From card tricks to reading minds, the art of magic lies in the magician's or illusionist's ability to deceive the audience. Read about the mysteries that lie behind some of the most spectacular magic tricks and illusions ever performed, including slight of hand, escapology, levitation, sword swallowing, and more!
For centuries the human brain was a mystery. Scientists only started to unravel its secrets over the past few decades, but there is still a great deal that we don't yet understand. This fascinating book describes experiences common to many people that our brains tell us are happening but which can't be proven by science. Read about deja vu, premonitions, near-death experiences, hypnotism, memories of past lives, and more!
We all know the limits of our own bodies. That's what makes these unusual examples so incredible. Readers will be amazed by these mysteries of the human body—feats of strength, spontaneous combustion, human hibernation, sleepwalking, firewalkers, human pincushions, colored sweat, skin-shredding, human magnets, and feral, or wild, children.
Stories of lost treasures have been told since ancient times, passed along by storytelling or on maps and scribbled notes. This exciting book describes some of the dangerous journeys - and sometimes remarkable finds - made by treasure hunters throughout history. Find out about lost pirate gold, treasure protected by an Egyptian pharaohs curse, a fortune in ancient Roman coins found by a farmer's son with a metal detector, and more!
Some mysteries remain unsolved for hundreds of years, defying attempts by scientists and researchers to solve them. This astounding books documents examples of the great vanishing acts of history. Read about the woman who claimed to be Anastasia, the long-lost daughter of the murdered Russian Czar, pilot Amelia Earhart who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, the colony of Roanoke that vanished without a trace, and more!
A small percentage of people believe in conspiracy theories—stories about secret plans to commit crimes and hide the truth. Readers will be shocked by such outrageous claims as Queen Victoria's grandson was Jack the Ripper, U.S. President Roosevelt allowed the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor, billionaire Howard Hughes left his fortune to a stranger who gave him a lift one night, and the moon landing was a hoax!
How does something enormous suddenly disappear? Readers will be amazed by how frequently large ships are lost without a trace. But sometimes it is just the crew that has disappeared. Get the facts on the Bermuda Triangle, the Mary Celeste, the Flying Dutchman, the Rosalie, USS Cyclops, and the lost ships of California’s Colorado desert.