The Story of the Great Houdini

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Who was this man who could walk through brick walls and, with a snap of his fingers, vanish elephants? In these pages you will meet the astonishing Houdini--magician, ghost chaser, daredevil, pioneer aviator, and king of escape artists. No jail cell or straitjacket could hold him! He shucked off handcuffs as easily as gloves.

In this fresh, witty biography of the most famous bamboozler since Merlin, Sid Fleischman, a former professional magician, enriches his warm homage with insider information and unmaskings. Did Houdini really pick the jailhouse lock to let a fellow circus performer escape? Were his secrets really buried with him? Was he a bum magician, as some rivals claimed? How did he manage to be born in two cities, in two countries, on two continents at the same instant?

Here are the stories of how a knockabout kid named Ehrich Weiss, the son of an impoverished rabbi, presto-changoed himself into the legendary Harry Houdini. Here, too, are rare photographs never before seen by the general reader!

Alternative Title: Story of the great Houdini
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060850944
Branch Call Number: B HOUDINI HARRY
Characteristics: 210 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Feb 24, 2014

"He was born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary, in 1874, but he remains known throughout the world as "Harry Houdini," the legendary magician and escape artist. Author Sid Fleischman, who's a magician himself, tells the intriguing story of Houdini's life, from his childhood in Wisconsin to his early days as a struggling showman and his triumphs as the world's most famous magician. Fleischman also describes some of Houdini's famous feats, such as breaking out of a Chicago jail cell and being suspended upside-down in a tank of water. Prepare to be amazed!" Kids' Books February 2014 newsletter


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