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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero

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Handcuff King. Escape Artist. International Superstar. Since his death eighty years ago, Harry Houdini's life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and best-selling 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.

After years of struggling on the dime museum circuit, Harry Houdini got a break that put him on the front page of a Chicago newspaper. He never looked back. Soon Houdini was performing for royalty, commanding vast sums, and exploring the new power of Hollywood to expand on his legend.

At a time when spy agencies frequently co-opted amateurs, Houdini went to London and developed a relationship with a man who would run MI-5. For the next several years, the world's most famous magician traveled to Germany and Russia and routinely reported his findings.

After World War I was successfully concluded, Houdini embarked on a battle of his own. He created a group of disguised field operatives to infiltrate the seamy world of fake spirit mediums. In doing so, Houdini triggered the wrath of fanatical Spiritualists, led by the esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Death threats became an everyday occurrence, but the group would pose an even greater danger to Houdini's legacy.

Rigorously researched, and as exciting as a good thriller, The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician's life from desperate poverty to worldwide legend, initiating the reader along the way into the arcane world of professional magic. In this remarkable book, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend.

Synopsis:

In this groundbreaking book, renowned magic expert Kalush and bestselling writer Sloman team up to expose Harry Houdini's secret life as a spy and the stunning plot to murder the magician and destroy his legacy. Photos throughout.

About the Author

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 Gibecière, an esteemed magic history journal, he has helped create several world-famous magic stunts and prime-time network television specials.Larry Sloman is an award-winning author best known for his collaborations with radio personality Howard Stern on Private Parts and Miss America. He became interested in magic history after working with David Blaine on his best-selling memoir Mysterious Stranger.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

1. THE OATH

2. STARVING FOR A LIVING

3. THE CELEBRATED CLAIRVOYANTS

4. QUID PRO QUO

5. THE KING OF HANDCUFFS

6. M

7. POLICE STATE

8. TAMING THE BEAR

9. THE CHALLENGE OF THE MIRROR

10. LEAP OF FAITH

11. KILL THY FATHER

12. DEATH VISITS THE STAGE

13. ABOVE THE DOWN UNDER

14. THE EMPEROR OF SYMPATHY-ENLISTERS

15. CHINESE WATER TORTURE

16. FORGIVE

17. FIGHTING OUR WAY TO THE GRAVE

18. DEATH BY MISADVENTURE

19. ART IMITATES LIFE

20. SAUL AMONG THE PROPHETS

21. LITTLE SISTER WILL DO EXACTLY AS BIG BROTHER SAYS

22. MARGERY'S BOX

23. MY OWN SECRET SERVICE

24. I . . . AM A FAKE

25. AN EYE FOR AN EYE

26. THERE IS NO DEATH

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Index

About the Authors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743272070
Subtitle:
The Making of America's First Superhero
Author:
Kalush, William
Author:
Larry
Author:
Sloman, Larry Ratso
Author:
Sloman, Larry
Author:
Ratso
Author:
Sloman
Publisher:
Atria
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Magicians
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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