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
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Illusionist, escape artist, movie star, aviator, and spy--Harry Houdini was all these and an international celebrity and the world's most famous magician. This fascinating biography looks at all the facets of Houdini's amazing life and includes 21 magic tricks and illusions for a hands-on learning experience. Children will be inspired by this Jewish immigrant who grew up in poverty and, through perseverance and hard work, went on to become one of the most popular and successful entertainers of all time. Houdini was an artist who created his acts carefully, practicing them for years in some cases. He performed such seemingly impossible stunts as escaping several sets of handcuffs and ropes after jumping off a bridge into a flowing river. Kids will learn how he devised his most legendary stunts and will also learn the science and logic behind many of Houdini's acts including his famous milk can escape. Kids can amaze their family and friends with these simple, entertaining, and fun tricks and illusions: ∑ Stepping through an index card ∑ Performing an odd number trick ∑ Making a coin appear ∑ Mind reading with a secret code ∑ Making a magic box ∑ Lifting a person with one hand ∑ Making a talking board ∑ And much more

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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

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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


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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.