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By William Kalush, Larry Sloman

Handcuff King. break out Artist. overseas Superstar.

Since his dying eighty-eight years in the past, Harry Houdini’s lifestyles has been chronicled in books, in movie, and on tv. Now, during this groundbreaking biography, popular magic professional William Kalush and bestselling author Larry Sloman staff as much as locate the guy at the back of the parable. Drawing from thousands of pages of analysis, they describe in bright aspect the passions that drove Houdini to accomplish ever-more-dangerous feats, his mystery lifestyles as a undercover agent, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.

The mystery lifetime of Houdini strains the arc of the grasp magician’s existence from determined poverty to all over the world fame—his legacy later threatened through a gaggle of fanatical Spiritualists led by means of esteemed British writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. beginning the reader alongside the way in which into the arcane international magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a lifestyles in response to deception, offering an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the fellow and the legend.

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THE KING OF HANDCUFFS 6. M 7. POLICE kingdom eight. TAMING THE endure nine. THE problem OF THE reflect 10. jump of religion eleven. KILL THY FATHER 12. dying VISITS THE level thirteen. ABOVE THE DOWN less than 14. THE EMPEROR OF SYMPATHY-ENLISTERS 15. chinese language WATER TORTURE sixteen. FORGIVE 17. battling OUR method to THE GRAVE 18. demise by way of MISADVENTURE 19. artwork IMITATES lifestyles 20. SAUL one of the PROPHETS 21. LITTLE SISTER WILL just do AS giant BROTHER SAYS 22. MARGERY’S field 23. my very own mystery provider 24. I…AM a faux 25. an eye fixed FOR an eye fixed 26. there's no demise Epilogue Acknowledgments Index in regards to the Authors Foreword AS AN beginner MAGICIAN, I usually ask individuals of an viewers to only examine a recognized magician. whilst I ask humans to elevate their arms in the event that they ensue to be considering Houdini, unavoidably approximately three-quarters of the fingers pass up—this although Harry Houdini died 80 years in the past. not anyone will be extra happy with this than Houdini himself, who, as this booklet illustrates, sought all through his lifestyles to imbed his photograph within the world’s awareness. He did this with strenuous feats of bold that absolutely justify the appellation the authors apply—America’s first superhero. my very own curiosity in magic ignited while as a baby I observed the 1953 motion picture biography of Houdini, starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. I ran instantly to my neighborhood public library and looked at what was once then the one full-length biography, Houdini: His existence tale. It used to be written via Harold Kellock years after Houdini’s demise, with the “recollections and records” of the magician’s spouse, Beatrice. It used to be remarkably thorough for a certified biography and continues to be an excellent learn, however it was once instructed, after all, from the viewpoint of a loyal wife. there were many next biographies, and the higher ones have every one penetrated a section deeper under the skin of the Houdini legend. however it is tough to visualize a more challenging topic for biographers than a guy who used to be in his time one of many world’s best exponents of secrecy and who was firm to inform the general public basically these issues that burnished his legend. attending to the essence of the man—what made him tick—has been a unprecedented and in most cases debatable job. The ebook you presently carry breaks new floor. The facts the authors have gathered is wealthy in new element approximately many formerly charted elements of Houdini’s lifestyles. extra vital, although, it opens a tantalizing new chance: that Houdini may need used his expertise—along with the entry his escapes and reputation gave him round the world—to suggest intelligence and defense providers within the uk and the us, fairly within the years previous to international conflict I. operating with fragmentary new proof, the authors have prepare a believable case that, because the global headed towards warfare, there could were high-level curiosity in a few of what Houdini realized whereas escaping from a number of police and protection provider constraints in locations like Germany and Russia and working with a lot of their officers.

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