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Meyer, B.C. (1976). Houdini: The Mythmaker Variations on the Theme of the Family Romance. Psychoanal Q., 45:588-611.

(1976). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 45:588-611

Houdini: The Mythmaker Variations on the Theme of the Family Romance

Bernard C. Meyer, M.D.


This component of a more comprehensive study of Houdini focuses on the unusual reification of his family romance fantasies, their endurance well beyond the usual boundaries in time, their kinship with mythological themes, and their infusion with the ambivalence that is often addressed toward the true parents.

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