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The life and afterlife of Harry Houdini / Joe Posnanski.

Posnanski, Joe, (author.).
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  • 4 of 6 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Greenwood PL - Greenwood BIOGRAPHY Houdini (Text) 36626104091723 2nd Floor New Adult In process -
Newburgh Chandler PL - Bell Road Library 921 HOUDINI (Text) 39206021587777 New Materials Available -
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield 921 Houdini (Text) 31208913148872 new non-fiction Available -
Princeton PL - Princeton B Houdini Pos (Text) 30890000733376 New Adult Materials Upper level Available -
South Whitley Comm. PL - South Whitley 921 HOUDINI HARRY (Text) 30402004791283 NEW NON-FICTION Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial B HOUDINI, HARRY POSNANSKI (Text) 33946003572430 New Books . 2nd Floor Checked out 11/22/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501137235
  • ISBN: 1501137239
  • Physical Description: xv, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Avid Reader Press, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-316).
Formatted Contents Note:
Los Angeles, November 30, 1915 -- The truest believer -- Childhood. Lies and illusions ; The origin story ; The Silverman boxes ; The runaway child ; Bahl Yahn, the strong man -- Metamorphosis. Torrini ; The name ; The early days ; Acid on the dress ; Sideshow ; King of cards ; Magic made easy -- Escape. Beck ; Naked ambition ; Scotland yard ; Not a love match ; The fight of Cologne -- Mirrors. The mirror cuffs ; How he did it (theory one) ; How he did it (theory two) ; How he did it (theories galore) ; My guess -- Miracles. The needles ; The challenges ; Straitjackets ; The bells of the Kremlin ; Life and death -- Copperfield. Epic rap battle I ; Korby's clothing store ; Elephants and statues ; Epic rap battle II -- Torture. Nothing supernatural ; Houdini upside down ; The empathy of escape ; The secret -- Inescapable death. The dutiful son ; Spirits of the night ; The punch ; The end -- The afterlife. There is no death ; The grim game ; The unmasking ; Afterword: Houdini's ghost.
Summary, etc.:
Joe Posnanski explores Harry Houdini's impact on global culture and the reasons his legacy endures to this day.
Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burials. Close to a century after his death, nearly every person in America knows his name from a young age, capturing their imaginations with his death-defying stunts and daring acts. He inspired countless people, from all walks of life, to find something magical within themselves. This is a book about a man and his extraordinary life, but it is also about the people who he has inspired in death. As Joe Posnanski delves into the deepest corners of Houdini-land, visiting museums (one owned by David Copperfield), attractions, and private archives, he encounters a cast of unforgettable and fascinating characters: a woman who runs away from home to chase her dream of becoming a magician; an Italian who revives Houdini's most famous illusion every night; a performer at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles who calls himself Houdini's Ghost; a young boy in Australia who, one day, sees an old poster and feels his life change; and a man in Los Angeles whose sole mission is life has been to keep the legend's name alive. Both a personal obsession and an odyssey of discovery, Posnanski draws inspiration from his lifelong passion for and obsession with magic, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to examine Harry Houdini's life and legacy. This is the ultimate journey to uncover why this magic man endures, and what he still has to teach the world about wonder.
Subject: Houdini, Harry, 1874-1926.
Houdini, Harry, 1874-1926 > Influence > History.
Posnanski, Joe > Travel.
Genre: Biographies.
Travel writing.

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