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HOUDINI-The Life and Times of the World's Greatest Magician

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HOUDINI-The Life and Times of the World's Greatest Magician

By Charlotte Montague

Based on contemporary reports and diaries and supported with historic photographs and period posters, Houdini is an intriguing biography of the world’s greatest magician and escape artist. Ninety years after his death, this brings both the man and his magic back to life again for one last performance.

In the early 1900s, Houdini’s handcuff show was a huge sensation that toured the best venues in the USA and Europe, and when audiences demanded more, so he introduced straight-jackets, water-filled tanks, and nailed shut packing crates.

His outdoor spectaculars became increasingly elaborate. In the early winter of 1906, he leaped manacled from the MacArthur Bridge in Detroit, MI, freeing himself from two pairs of handcuffs beneath the icy waters. Houdini's mega-star status allowed him to fly airplanes, star in his own movies, write and publish his own books, and even become president of the Society of American Magicians.

This biography is an authoritative view from accomplished biographer Charlotte Montague, and belongs on the shelf of any lover of magic, escape artistry, and enigmatic figures.

A Review of the book from the website ""

I've just received 'Houdini: The Life and Times of the World's Greatest Magician' by Charlotte Montague. The book is beautifully laid out and comprehensive. Almost an encyclopedia in how it sections off people and events. Lots of photos, all familiar. Nice to see that it tracks Houdini beyond death -- into books, movies and television, right up to last year's Houdini & Doyle and this year's Timeless. I've not gotten into the text itself, but it appears to be a nice summation of known facts. I've already spotted some mythology (Bells of the Kremlin) and inaccuracies (Buried Alive), but there's no section on his "spy work", so it appears we're in the hands of a responsible biographer. Oh, and it's a much larger book than I thought it would be. Almost brings me back to the glory days of Houdini coffee table books. 

Details: HOUDINI-The Life and Times of the World's Greatest Magician

192 pages, hardbound with dust jacket, size 7 3/4" by 10 3/4"

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