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Walter B. Gibson's life and career come out from behind The Shadow in this biography. It covers his childhood in Philadelphia, his development as a writer and magician, his wives, his time in Maine and upstate New York, and his later ...
Walter B. Gibson's life and career come out from behind The Shadow in this biography. It covers his childhood in Philadelphia, his development as a writer and magician, his wives, his time in Maine and upstate New York, and his later years and death.
In addition to creating The Shadow (under the pseudonym Maxwell Grant), Gibson wrote 187 books, 668 articles, 283 stories for The Shadow Magazine, 48 separate syndicated feature columns, and 394 comic books and newspaper strips; he also helped develop 147 radio scripts and many other works under numerous pseudonyms. Gibson invented many widely used magic tricks and befriended Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and Joseph Dunninger.
|1||Setting the Scene of an Extraordinary Life||7|
|2||The Magical Years of Youth||17|
|3||Shaping the Future||24|
|5||Harry Houdini's Final Escape||47|
|6||Casting the Shadow||59|
|7||Who Knows the Shadow?||74|
|8||Shadows of the Shadow||84|
|9||Harry Blackstone, Sr.- Lighting the Floating Bulb of Friendship||98|
|10||Psychic Phenomena and Mental Magic||106|
|11||Litzka Raymond Gibson - A Uniting Force of Magic||120|
|12||A Fading Shadow||137|
|Appendix I||Alfred Gibson's Account of the Lincoln Conspiracy Trials||161|
|Appendix II||Gibson Diary Extract, 1919||165|