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A biography of Harry Houdini concentrating on his earlier years and the training that made him a master magician and escape artist....
A biography of Harry Houdini concentrating on his earlier years and the training that made him a master magician and escape artist.
Posted November 20, 2009
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Harry Houdini by Kathryn kilby Borland was a very interesting book to read about. It had some magic and Harry Houdini's life and how he and a boy named William become friends. William goes to see Harry at one of his shows and is amazed with his magic. William comes up to him at the end of his show and asks him how he did that trick Harry said a good magician never tells how he does his tricks. William really wants to found Harry's book of all his magic tricks. This Book is good for readers that want to know more about Harry Houdini.
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Posted February 26, 2001
Harry Houdini: Young Magician by Kathryn Kilby Borland is part of the Childhood of Famous Americans series. This series follows the life of famous Americans concentrating on their younger years. Harry Houdini, an amazing escape artist was born as Ehrich Wess; he later changed his name to Harry Houdini after the brilliant magician, Houdin. The setting of this book begins when Ehrich Wess, a boy growing up in Appleton, Wisconsin was seven years old; and was viewing his first magic show. At that moment, determined Ehrich decided that he was going to become the greatest magician ever. Ehrich's father, a kind Rabbi strongly objected to his dream of earning a living by performing magic. However, Ehrich still ran away to joing the circus when he was about 10. By the time Ehrich was 30, he had become Harry Houdini and truly was 'The Greatest Magician Who Ever Lived.' Harry married Bess Rainier, a shy woman. They then went on a tour in Europe. From this tour, and appearances in the United States of America, Houdini made a large amount of money. He was also able to keep a promise to his father that he would always do the best he could to care for and support his mother. At the time of his death at 52; he was fully supporting his mother; a determined individual and several other elderly people. This book lacks excitement but at the same time is an unique look at Houdini's life. Borland brings the trials and triumphs to the reader in an extremley informative biography. This book is excellent for educational purposes but is not a book that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Few people would read this book for pleasure.
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