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The last greatest magician in the world : Howard Thurston vs. Houdini & the battles of the American wizards

Author: Jim Steinmeyer
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of Penguin Group, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Everyone knows Houdini-but who was Thurston? In this biography of the "greatest magician in the world," Jim Steinmeyer captures the career and controversies of the wonder-worker extraordinaire, Howard Thurston. The public's fickleness over magicians has left Thurston all but forgotten today. During his life, from 1869 to 1936, Thurston successfully navigated the most dramatic changes in entertainment-from street  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Howard Thurston; Harry Houdini; Harry Houdini; Howard Thurston
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Steinmeyer
ISBN: 9781585428458 1585428450
OCLC Number: 795681564
Description: pages cm
Other Titles: Howard Thurston vs. Houdini & the battles of the American wizards
Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the battles of the American wizards
Howard Thurston vs. Houdini and the battles of the American wizards
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"Everyone knows Houdini-but who was Thurston? In this biography of the "greatest magician in the world," Jim Steinmeyer captures the career and controversies of the wonder-worker extraordinaire, Howard Thurston. The public's fickleness over magicians has left Thurston all but forgotten today. During his life, from 1869 to 1936, Thurston successfully navigated the most dramatic changes in entertainment-from street performances to sideshows to wagon tours through America's still-wild West to stage magic amid the glitter of grand theaters. Thurston became one of America's most renowned vaudeville stars, boldly performing an act with just a handful of playing cards, and then had the foresight to leave vaudeville, expanding his show into an extravaganza with more than forty tons of apparatusand costumes. His touring production was an American institution for nearly thirty years, and Thurston earned a brand name equal to Ziegfeld or Ringling Brothers. Steinmeyer explores the stage and psychological rivalry between Thurston and Houdini during the first decades of the twentieth century- a contest that Thurston won. He won with a bigger show, a more successful reputation, and the title of America's greatest magician."--Publisher's description.

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