Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Iandgt;Handcuff King. Escape Artist. International Superstar.andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Since his death eighty-eight years ago, Harry Houdiniand#8217;s life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and bestselling 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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Secret Life of Houdiniandlt;/Iandgt; traces the arc of the master magicianand#8217;s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fameand#8212;his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Initiating the reader along the way into the arcane world of professional magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend.
"Kalush and Sloman appear to have raked through every known Houdini archive to produce the most comprehensive and controversial biography ever written about the man, with its contention that he was a spy who may have been murdered by a cult." -- Tony Barrell, andlt;iandgt;London Sunday Timesandlt;/iandgt;
In this groundbreaking book, renowned magic expert Kalush and bestselling writer Sloman team up to expose Harry Houdinis secret life as a spy, and the stunning plot to murder the magician and destroy his legacy. Photos throughout.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;William Kalushandlt;/bandgt; 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 ofandlt;Iandgt; Gibeciand#232;reandlt;/iandgt;, an esteemed magic history journal, he has helped create several world-famous magic stunts and prime-time network television specials.andlt;bandgt;Larry and#8220;Ratsoand#8221; Slomanandlt;/bandgt; is best known as Howard Sternand#8217;s collaborator on what were then the two fastest selling books in publishing history, andlt;iandgt;Private Parts andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Miss Americaandlt;/iandgt;. Slomanand#8217;s recent collaborations include andlt;iandgt;Mysterious Strangerandlt;/iandgt;, with magician David Blaine, and andlt;iandgt;Scar Tissueandlt;/iandgt;, the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedisand#8212;both books wereandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;bestsellers.