This biography gives an in depth look at Harry Houdini's magical life.
Sid Fleischman was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 16, 1920 but grew up in San Diego, California. He loved all things magical and toured professionally as a magician until the beginning of World War II. During the war, he served in the . Naval Reserve, and afterwards, he graduated from San Diego State University in 1949. After graduation, he worked as a reporter with the San Diego Daily Journal. After the paper folded in 1950, he started writing fiction.
Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. a good book, i have read many bookson houdini and would recommned thie book to anybody, beginner oe professional magicinas would enjoy this book. It has a large type face, which makes reading easier and some nice illustration.
Preface: sleuthing the Houdini story - He was born, but where? .
Preface: sleuthing the Houdini story - He was born, but where? - - From rags to rags - King of the necktie cutters - The Pygmalion of East 69th Street - Dressing up the act - Magic for sale! . Includes bibliographical references (203-205) and index.
In this lively, entertaining biography, Fleischman does more than just retell the major events of Houdini's life, and even more than separate myth from fact (a tricky job in this case). He carefully walks readers through the evidence and his own reasoning process, making good use of his insider knowledge along the way. He includes numerous photographs, some from his personal collection published here for the first time. And he uses his well-known humor and some novelistic writing techniques to make this bio what all of them ought to be: an engrossing story.
Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini. Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss, never did anything by half measure
Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini. Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss, never did anything by half measure. Once he decided to become a magician, he became the King of Cards, the Prince of Air, the Genius of Escape, and Professor H. Houdini. And why not? He could walk through walls, defeat any lock, make elephants disappear with the snap of his fingers, and pick up needles with his eyelids! Or could he? Fact or fiction? Legend or liar? We will never know for sure.
Author Sid Fleischman uses the same technique to stand out in the crowded field of Houdini biographies. Ellen G. Cole, the librarian of the Levine Library of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, is a past judge of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards and a past chairperson of that committee. Escape! captures readers with its flamboyant vocabulary, humor, insider understanding, wonderful photographs with excellent captions and a clearly stated theme which shapes the details of an exciting life. She is a co-author of the AJL guide, Excellence in Jewish Children’s Literature.
Sid Fleischman, who won the Newbery award 22 years ago for The . I love Fleischman for that. Houdini is just a spectacularly interesting person and this book made him even more so to me.
Sid Fleischman, who won the Newbery award 22 years ago for The Whipping Boy, was, apparently, something of an amateur magician himself and worshiped Houdini (like virtually every other young magician). One of the things that made The Story of the Great Houdini so fascinating to me is the fact that Harry Houdini had a bad habit of doctoring his own history, including in his own diary, making many of the details of his life difficult to pin down.
Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman (Hardback, 2006). Brand new: lowest price.
Who was this man who could walk through brick walls and, with a snap of his fingers, vanish elephants? In these pages you will meet the astonishing Houdini—magician, ghost chaser, daredevil, pioneer aviator, and king of escape artists. No jail cell or straitjacket could hold him! He shucked off handcuffs as easily as gloves.
In this fresh, witty biography of the most famous bamboozler since Merlin, Sid Fleischman, a former professional magician, enriches his warm homage with insider information and unmaskings. Did Houdini really pick the jailhouse lock to let a fellow circus performer escape? Were his secrets really buried with him? Was he a bum magician, as some rivals claimed? How did he manage to be born in two cities, in two countries, on two continents at the same instant?
Here are the stories of how a knockabout kid named Ehrich Weiss, the son of an impoverished rabbi, presto-changoed himself into the legendary Harry Houdini. Here, too, are rare photographs never before seen by the general reader!