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The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Lifeby Sid Fleischman
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The man with the spats rolled up his sleeves and proceeded to pluck a polished red billiard ball out of thin air. Presto! It vanished. Abracadabra! It reappeared. It turned white. it blushed red again. VoiIá! Suddenly there were four billiard balls between this amazing man's fingers.
I was stunned. All of this was happening right under my nose. And there was more. He flipped the deck into falling waterfalls of cards, spun them into fans, and thrust a sword through a shower of cards to impale the seven of diamonds — selected a moment before.
I was dazzled. The moment he finished his act and ushered us gawkers back onto the sidewalk, I knew what I wanted to be. Someone else could be president of the United States.
I wanted to be a magician.
From reluctant reader to professional magician to Hollywood screenwriter to notable creator of children's books--Sid Fleishman's story has never a dull moment. His biography is a welcome treat for his fans around the world. And for writers and would-be writers, it is a treasure trove of insight, inspiration, and usable advice. Young Adult.
The man with the spats rolled up his sleeves and proceeded to pluck a polished red billiard ball out of thin air. Presto It vanished. Abracadabra It reappeared. It turned white. it blushed red again. VoiIa Suddenly there were four billiard balls between this amazing man's fingers.
About the Author
The cheapest crystal ball could have predicted that Sid Fleischman, the Newbery Award-winning author of The Whipping Boy, would someday write a biography of the hero of his youth-the immortal magician Harry Houdini.
As a teenage prestidigitator, Fleischman came to know the widowed Bess Houdini, who had retired to Southern California. In his autobiography, The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life, he describes her as "a kind of den mother to us young West Coast magicians." She gave him photographs that now appear in these pages.
Among Sid Fleischman's celebrated comic novels, published in nineteen countries, are The Giant Rat of Sumatra, Bandit's Moon, Disappearing Act, Bo &Mzzz Mad,and The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story. The father of three children (one of whom is Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman), he lives in Santa Monica, California.
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