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The secret life of Houdini : the making of America's first superhero

Author: William Kalush; Larry Sloman
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Atria Books hardcover edView all editions and formats
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After years of struggling on the dime museum circuit, Harry Houdini got a break that put him on the front page of a Chicago newspaper. Soon Houdini was performing for royalty, commanding vast sums, and exploring the new power of Hollywood. At a time when spy agencies frequently co-opted amateurs, Houdini developed a relationship with a man who would later run MI-5. For the next several years, the world's most famous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Harry Houdini; Harry Houdini; Harry Houdini
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Kalush; Larry Sloman
ISBN: 0743272072 9780743272070
OCLC Number: 74332162
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 592 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Oath --
Starving for a Living --
The Celebrated Clairvoyants --
Quid Pro Quo --
The King of Handcuffs --
M --
Police State --
Taming the Bear --
The Challenge of the Mirror --
Leap of Faith --
Kill Thy Father --
Death Visits the Stage --
Above the Down Under --
The Emperor of Sympathy-Enlisters --
Chinese Water Torture --
Forgive --
Fighting Our Way to the Grave --
Death by Misadventure --
Art Imitates Life --
Saul Among the Prophets --
Little Sister will do Exactly as Big Brother Says --
Margery's Box --
My Own Secret Service --
I...Am a Fake --
An Eye for an Eye --
There is No Death.
Responsibility: William Kalush and Larry Sloman.
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In this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and bestselling writer Larry Sloman team up to expose Harry Houdini's secret life as a spy and the stunning plot to murder the  Read more...

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