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Houdini by Kathleen Krull
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Nov 12, 2009

really liked it
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Erik Weiss enjoyed charming and amazing audiences from a young age with his acrobatic stunts. His obsession with magic began after reading a book about the French founder of modern magic. He began putting on magic shows and even changed his name to Houdini. His wife became part of the act and supported him as he practiced and developed his talent. The book describes and explores the details of some of his most famous tricks such as the milk can escape, the metamorphosis, water torture cell, and suspended strait jacket.

This book is beautifully illustrated with fun and vivid pictures that give the appearance of stepping into a real show setting. Readers will be hooked immediately as they try to unravel the secrets of his acts. I believe the story of Erik Weiss would interest both boys and girls in elementary school. At the end of the book a comprehensive bibliography is listed.
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