The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 31, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 604 pages
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Handcuff King. Escape Artist. International Superstar.

Since his death eighty-eight years ago, Harry Houdiniís life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and bestselling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth. Drawing from millions of pages of research, they describe in vivid detail the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.

The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magicianís life from desperate poverty to worldwide fameóhis legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Initiating the reader along the way into the arcane world of professional magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend.

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I was impressed with the research and the writing. - Goodreads
Tedious prose and some very weird style choices. - Goodreads
An interesting insight to Houdini's life. - Goodreads
The pictures were the best part. - Goodreads
All in all, a detailed overview of the life of Houdini. - Goodreads
This is a very informative, very well-researched book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - David Benge - Goodreads

Great info on Houdini! Phenomenal talent and entertainer to know more about. Writing style difficult to get into for such a long book. Read full review

Review: The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero

User Review  - Goodreads

the best book on Houdini that I've ever read, and I've read a few. A fascinating story of his amazing life, especially when he took on spiritualism and explored our ability to speak with the dead. What a great man! Read full review


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About the author (2006)

William Kalush has been a dedicated student of the art of magic for more than twenty-five years. Founder of the Conjuring Arts Research Center and publisher of GibeciŤre, an esteemed magic history journal, he has helped create several world-famous magic stunts and prime-time network television specials.

Larry ďRatsoĒ Sloman is best known as Howard Sternís collaborator on what were then the two fastest selling books in publishing history, Private Parts and Miss America. Slomanís recent collaborations include Mysterious Stranger, with magician David Blaine, and Scar Tissue, the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedisóboth books were†New York Times bestsellers.

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