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The life and afterlife of Harry Houdini, Joe Posnanski

Label
The life and afterlife of Harry Houdini
Title
The life and afterlife of Harry Houdini
Statement of responsibility
Joe Posnanski
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10820221
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Posnanski, Joe
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Houdini, Harry
  • Houdini, Harry
  • Escape artists
  • Magicians
Label
The life and afterlife of Harry Houdini, Joe Posnanski
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-316)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 316 pages
Isbn
9781501137235
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1022616600
Label
The life and afterlife of Harry Houdini, Joe Posnanski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-316)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 316 pages
Isbn
9781501137235
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1022616600

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