Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini

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Harper Collins, Aug 1, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 224 pages

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!

 

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User Review  - mpresti - LibraryThing

Ages 9 and up. You can be sure to expect an entertaining read from Sid Fleischman (1920-2010). A few of his other children's books were favorites of mine when I was young (The Whipping Boy, Jim Ugly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily.Small - LibraryThing

This great biography takes the reader from the beginning to end of Houdini's life. It's large size makes it easy for reader, and pictures are both ones of Houdini and diagrams of his tricks. Read full review

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Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel The Whipping Boy. The author described his wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography The Abracadabra Kid. His other titles include The Entertainer and the Dybbuk, a novel, and three biographies, Sir Charlie: Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World; The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West; and Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini.

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