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Hocus Pocus book review

Hocus Pocus - a tale of magnificent magicians, by Paul Kieve - with an introduction by Daniel Ratcliffe - includes 35 tricks
book review of  Hocus Pocus – a tale of magnificent magicians  by Paul Kieve  Hocus Pocus  is a  surprisingly good book, introducing both some  basic magic tricks, as well as biographies of some of the great magicians of the 19th and 20th century.   It uses the fictional...
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The Last Greatest Magician in the World

The Last Greatest Magician in the World - Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the battles of the American wizards, by Jim Steinmeyer
book review of The  Last Greatest Magician in the World, by Jim Steinmeyer  Here is the seminal biography of the magician’s magician, Howard Thurston, a man who surpassed Houdini in the eyes of showmen and fans and set the standard for how stage magic is performed today. Everyone...
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Illusion Show, by David Bamburg

Illusion Show, by David Bamberg (Fu Manchu) Product description of  Illusion Show  The autobiography of  David Bamberg  records the adventurous life and perceptive observations of one of the last great traveling showmen. Robert Parrish, who edited the book, calls it “€œthe most engaging and illuminating document of its...
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The Houdini Box

The Houdini Box - book cover
The Houdini Box, by Brian Selznick  The Houdini Box was one of my daughter Emily’s favorite books when she was younger — and with good reason.   It’s the story of a young boy who idolizes Harry Houdini, the famous magician and escape artist.   The young boy, Victor,...
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A Magician Among the Spirits

A Magician Among the Spirits, by Harry Houdini
Editorial review of  A Magician Among the Spirits  courtesy of Amazon.com  Harry Houdini and his exposure of the fraud spiritualist, spirit photography, spirit slate writing, ectoplasm, clairvoyance, and other quackery and cons perpetrated on the gullible, by the likes of the Boston Medium Margery, the Davenport Brothers, Annie...
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Houdini – A Pictorial Biography

Houdini - A Pictorial Biography
book review of  Houdini – A Pictorial Biography, Including More Than 250 Illustrations  by Milbourne Christopher  When purchasing this book at my local bookstore, I told the clerk something to the effect that any book written by Milbourne Christopher is well worth reading.   I stand by that;...
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Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss

Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss : American Self-Liberator, Europe's Eclipsing Sensation, World's Handcuff King & Prison Breaker, by Kenneth Silverman, author of 'Edgar A. Poe' and 'The Life and Times of Cotton Mather'
Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss : American Self-Liberator, Europe’s Eclipsing Sensation, World’s Handcuff King & Prison Breaker – book review Editorial review of  Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss, courtesy of Amazon.com  Silverman’s engaging biography catalogs the life of  Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss, who made a...
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Escape!: The Story of The Great Houdini

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini - by the Newberry medalist Sid Fleischman - now you see him ...
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini, by Sid Fleischman  Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini  is a very well-done biography of Harry Houdini aimed at middle school-aged children (grades 4-8).   It is written by Sid Fleischman, a Newberry Award-winning author – as well as a...
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Mark Wilson’s€™ Complete Course in Magic

Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic by Mark Wilson, Walter Gibson  Three hundred magic tricks are divided into the sections “Effect,” “Secret & Preparation,” “Method,” and “Comments & Suggestions”; and more than two thousand photographs demonstrate how to master sleight-of-hand. In a nutshell, the finest one-volume encyclopedia of...
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