By William Kalush, Larry Sloman
Handcuff King. break out Artist. foreign Superstar.
Since his dying eighty-eight years in the past, Harry Houdini’s existence has been chronicled in books, in movie, and on tv. Now, during this groundbreaking biography, popular magic specialist William Kalush and bestselling author Larry Sloman crew as much as locate the guy in the back of the parable. Drawing from hundreds of thousands of pages of study, they describe in brilliant aspect the passions that drove Houdini to accomplish ever-more-dangerous feats, his mystery existence as a undercover agent, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.
The mystery lifetime of Houdini lines the arc of the grasp magician’s existence from determined poverty to around the globe fame—his legacy later threatened via a bunch of fanatical Spiritualists led through esteemed British writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. starting up the reader alongside the way in which into the arcane global magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a lifestyles according to deception, delivering an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the guy and the legend.
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