Harry Houdini: Death-Defying Showman

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Sterling Publishing Company, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 124 pages
With his seemingly impossible escapes and incredible feats of illusion, Harry Houdini lived a life so fantastic that it seems almost too amazing even for fiction. Beyond his on-stage magic, Houdini also made his mark as an airplane pioneer, movie star, and debunker of frauds. His renown extended from his childhood home in Appleton, Wisconsin to Europe to Sydney, Australia. Children will thrill as they read about his seemingly superhuman successes--including when Houdini, hanging by his ankles and wrapped in a straightjacket, managed to free himself in less than three minutes. The biography also delves into Houdini’s impoverished childhood, his close relationship with his family, his start in show business--and how he managed some of his famous tricks.

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Mullin’s fantastic work on the life and career of Houdini includes pictures and interesting information about the infamous magician. This is a quick read but very interesting for someone looking at a career in the magical or performing arts. The stories about his dedication to his craft and abilities as a showman are amazing insights about what it takes to become a name in a competitive industry. The language is easy to understand but informative and interesting enough to keep a young reader turning pages.  


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