Harry Houdini for Kids: His Life and Adventures with 21 Magic Tricks and Illusions

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Chicago Review Press, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
From his impoverished childhood to his feat of becoming one of the most successful entertainers of all time, this fascinating biography presents a memorable portrait of magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. Guidelines for 21 fun magic tricks are also provided, including how to stick a needle into a balloon without popping it, how to step through a note card, and how to make a coin vanish. Illustrating the science and logic behind many of Houdini's most notable acts, the magic-based activities also explain his famous Milk Can Escape through an accessible water displacement experiment and demonstrate simple mathematics with his Odd Number Trick. Touching on his time as an actor, an aviator, and possibly even a spy for the U.S. government, this thoroughly entertaining biography also features a time line, curriculum links for educators, and books and websites for further exploration.
 

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User Review  - SparklePonies - LibraryThing

This book is suitable for ages 9 & up. A brief note on my rating--content wise, the book would deserve four stars for the many fascinating details it includes about Harry Houdini and life in the late ... Read full review

HARRY HOUDINI FOR KIDS: His Life and Adventures with 21 Magic Tricks and Illusions

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Harry Houdini may be the most famous magician ever. He began his career working as a sideshow act in carnivals but, by virtue of talent, study and very hard work, elevated his craft to an art, making ... Read full review

Contents

1 Humble Beginnings
4
2 A Star Is Born
12
3 Becoming the Handcuff King
32
4 And the Crowd Goes Wild
50
5 Going to Extremes
72
6 Aviator Actor Spy?
92
7 Ghostbuster
110
8 Was It Murder?
126
Resources
133
Index
135
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Laurie Carlson is the author of Colonial Kids, Westward Ho!, More Than Moccasins, Green Thumbs, and Kids Camp! She has taught preschool, primary grades, and children's art classes. She lives in Cheney, Washington.