Controversial Books for magicmuseum

This page shows the most "controversial" books in this library, as measured by the highest standard deviation of members' star ratings.

Standard Deviation Average Rating Your Rating Title
1.283 2.87 The Philadelphia Experiment: Project Invisibility by Charles Berlitz
1.218 3.07 The Search for Bridey Murphey by Morey Bernstein
1.168 3.84 Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic by Isaac Bonewits
1.154 3.52 The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish
1.15 3.17 Be My Guest by Conrad N. Hilton
1.145 3.74 Knotted Doughnuts and Other Mathematical Entertainments by Martin Gardner
1.138 2.86 The Bermuda Triangle by Charles Berlitz
1.069 3.57 Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends by Penn Jillette
1.066 3.74 Mathematics and the Imagination by Edward Kasner
1.058 3.92 The Limerick by Gershon Legman
1.045 3.78 Aha! Gotcha: Paradoxes to Puzzle and Delight by Martin Gardner
1.028 4.02 George Burns: All My Best Friends by George Burns
1.014 3.66 A Search in Secret India by Paul Brunton
1.004 3.67 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
1.003 3.95 How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
0.993 3.56 Lovecraft: A Biography by L. Sprague de Camp
0.992 3.43 Mindfreak: Secret Revelations by Criss Angel
0.985 3.99 The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
0.976 3.16 Egyptian Magic by E. A. Wallis Budge
0.971 3.9 Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham
0.969 3.9 The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play by Harry Lorayne
0.964 3.53 Lenten Lands: My Childhood with Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis by Douglas H. Gresham
0.957 4.11 Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-NĂ©el
0.955 4 Dead Man's Handle by Peter O'Donnell
0.954 3.8 Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay
0.952 3.53 The Boston Strangler by Gerold Frank
0.95 3.61 Mathematical Carnival by Martin Gardner
0.949 4.18 The Parade's Gone By... by Kevin Brownlow
0.941 4.2 The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes by Clifton Fadiman
0.936 4.16 Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases by Peter Mark Roget
0.935 3.78 The Book of Lists by David Wallechinsky
0.934 3.6 The Joy of Mathematics: Discovering Mathematics All Around You by Theoni Pappas
0.933 3.93 Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth
0.933 3.82 Fantasia Mathematica by Clifton Fadiman
0.93 3.65 The Essays by Francis Bacon
0.926 3.85 The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie
0.925 4.09 Aha! Insight by Martin Gardner
0.923 3.79 Europe's Inner Demons by Norman Cohn
0.917 3.86 Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
0.917 4.04 Picture by Lillian Ross
0.914 3.58 The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
0.909 4.35 More Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
0.907 3.8 Mathematical Circus by Martin Gardner
0.904 4.21 Physics for Entertainment by Yakov Perelman
0.903 3.54 Relativity Simply Explained by Martin Gardner
0.9 3.84 The Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles & Diversions by Martin Gardner
0.895 3.38 The Late Night with David Letterman Book of Top Ten Lists by David Letterman
0.892 4.12 The People's Almanac #2: A Completely New Book from Cover to Cover by David Wallechinsky
0.891 3.9 The Royal Road to Card Magic by Jean Hugard
0.89 4 Chaplin: His Life and Art by David Robinson
0.888 3.83 The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man by David W. Maurer
0.888 4.06 Dickens by Peter Ackroyd
0.887 3.6 Big Secrets: The Uncensored Truth About All Sorts of Stuff You Are Never Supposed to Know by William Poundstone
0.88 4.08 The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush
0.878 3.75 The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
0.872 3.65 Origami: The Art of Paper-Folding by Robert Harbin
0.869 4.17 The Story of San Michele by Axel Munthe
0.859 3.84 The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory by Aleksandr R. Luria
0.856 3.95 Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser
0.855 3.64 Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of God, No! by Penn Jillette
0.852 3.44 Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing by Martin Gardner
0.852 4.26 The People's Almanac by David Wallechinsky
0.85 4.16 Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman
0.846 4.09 The American Boy's Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It by Daniel Carter Beard
0.843 4.1 Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner
0.842 3.96 Gracie: A Love Story by George Burns
0.842 4.17 A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
0.842 3.59 The Houdini Girl: A Novel by Martyn Bedford
0.841 3.64 Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
0.84 3.91 Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts by Isaac Asimov
0.839 3.98 Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women by Ricky Jay
0.837 3.96 The Second Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions by Martin Gardner
0.834 3.08 The Magician's Wife by Brian Moore
0.831 3.94 Mist Over Pendle by Robert Neill
0.83 4.39 Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head & Other Drawings by B. Kliban
0.829 4.31 Alice's Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll
0.828 3.6 I, Houdini by Lynne Reid Banks
0.826 4.13 The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams
0.825 4.09 My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin
0.822 3.89 Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There by Richard Wiseman
0.82 4.14 Panati's Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Everybody by Charles Panati
0.817 4.02 Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns and other Delusions by James Randi
0.802 4.12 The Complete Books of Charles Fort by Charles Fort
0.801 3.45 They Went That-a-Way by Malcolm Forbes
0.799 4.03 Mr. Lucky by James Swain
0.792 3.8 The Living Shadow by Walter B. Gibson
0.783 3.78 C.S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands by Brian Sibley
0.766 3.73 Mathematical Magic Show by Martin Gardner
0.748 4.21 Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic by Mark Wilson
0.747 4.07 Murder ink: The mystery reader's companion by Dilys Winn
0.741 4.38 The Annotated Snark by Lewis Carroll
0.74 3.64 Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic by Penn Jillette
0.729 4.15 Modern Coin Magic by J. B. Bobo
0.721 3.81 Kerouac: A Biography by Ann Charters
0.718 4.15 My Wonderful World of Slapstick by Buster Keaton
0.717 3.92 The Shout and Other Stories by Robert Graves
0.715 3.98 Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit by Robert Bogdan
0.712 3.93 The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and Other Plays by Ray Bradbury
0.706 4.05 Escapade by Walter Satterthwait
0.701 4.16 London Labour and the London Poor [abridged - Neuburg] by Victor Neuburg
0.7 4.4 The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll
0.7 3.22 Mysterious Stranger: A Book of Magic by David Blaine
0.696 4.1 The way the future was by Frederik Pohl
0.653 3.8 Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus by Martin Gardner
0.633 3.91 A Cast of Killers by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
0.625 3.3 The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man by Daniel Stashower
0.584 4.5 The literature of ancient Egypt; an anthology of stories, instructions, and poetry by William Kelly Simpson
0.582 3.92 Very Special People: The Struggles, Loves, and Triumphs of Human Oddities by Frederick Drimmer