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Supported by exhaustive research and illuminated by 100 photos of Houdini in action--many never before or rarely before seen--Houdini!!! is the definitive work on the magician by a master biographer and will be published in time for Halloween, which is also the anniversary of Houdini's death.
Hardcover, 465 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1996)
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J.P.
I remember as a kid going into a store and being fascinated by a bunch of cheap magic tricks that looked interesting but once I bought them ultimately became rather boring and hokey. Make a card jump from the deck! Amaze your friends!
Speaking of cards, Houdini was the real deal. His name has become synonymous with magic, and his now famous stunts are still being performed by other magicians to this day.
In this book Kenneth Silverman does a fine job of chronicling Houdini’s career and how his act
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Scott Klemm
"Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss" is a fascinating biography of America’s most famous magician and escape artist. The author, Ken Silverman, is a Professor Emeritus at the New York University and a 1985 Pulitzer Prize winner for biography.

In the past I read several other biographies beginning as a teenager with Harold Kellock’s "Houdini, His Life Story." However, none surpass Silverman’s in detail and depth of research. For example, other writers have recounted how Ehrich Weiss adopted th
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Dru
There are many biographies of Houdini out there, and I've only read this one...I don't make it a habit to be a scholar on one person. But I can tell you that this was a very engaging book, and I finished it feeling like I knew a great deal about the man, both as a man and as a performer.

This was not just about the magic and escape act. This was about the personality of Ehrich Weiss himself...his ego, his adverturing spirit. I learned things that were fascinating, such as his immediate appreciati
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Eric Cartier
Fascinating (the tricks and escapes Houdini created and performed, and how he completely harnessed both the media and the affordances of the industrial era) and frustrating (Houdini's egomania can be grating, and Silverman spends too much time on Spiritualism). For years I've wanted to read about Houdini, which I didn't recall until I learned that the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, where I work, has a large collection of his letters, memorabilia and photographs (many of which Silverman ...more
Becky Loader
I read this biography after reading "The confabulist" to get confirmation of how much was fictionalized in the first title. I especially liked the photos included here.
Erwin
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I wanted to learn more about Houdini but this was way too descriptive for me...
Michele J
I really wanted to learn more about Houdini but this book was just way too descriptive for me.
Hannah
This book pretty much covers anything and everything you could hope to know about Houdini. It is a little long-winded at times, but very interesting.
Ted
Not a run of the mill Houdini Bio, with lots of interesting nformation and descriptions of his Many accomplishments.
John A
Fascinating history - shows all sides of Houdini's personality.
Allison
Well written and interesting look at the life of Houdini.
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