Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow

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"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? ...The Shadow knows!" And who knew The Shadow better than his creator, Walter B. Gibson? If few people know Gibson, many are familiar with The Shadow through the novels and the 1930s radio program.

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 ...

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About the Book "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? . . . The Shadow knows!" And who knew The Shadow better than his creator, Walter B. Gibson. Relatively few people ... have heard of Gibson, but many more are familiar with The Shadow having heard the program on the Blue Coal Radio Program in the 1930s and read the Street & Smith Shadow novels. Walter B. Gibson’s life and career come out from behind The Shadow in this biography. It covers his youth in Philadelphia, his development as a writer and magician, his wives, including the third, (Litzka, who was a harpist and magician in her own right), his time living in Maine and upstate New York, and his later years and death. In addition to being credited with creating The Shadow (he used the pseudonym Maxwell Grant), Gibson wrote 187 books, contributed 668 articles to periodicals, created 283 stories for The Shadow Magazine, wrote 48 separate syndicated feature columns, reported the adventures of The Shadow and Blackstone the magician in 394 comic books and newspaper strips, and helped develop 147 radio scripts and many other works under numerous pseudonyms. Gibson has invented many widely used magic tricks and traveled with and befriended Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and Joseph Dunninger. Read more Show Less

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"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? ...The Shadow knows!" And who knew The Shadow better than his creator, Walter B. Gibson? If few people know Gibson, many are familiar with The Shadow through the novels and the 1930s radio program.

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786423613
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/10/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Magician-performer Thomas J. Shimeld lives in Morganton, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface 1
1 Setting the Scene of an Extraordinary Life 7
2 The Magical Years of Youth 17
3 Shaping the Future 24
4 Howard Thurston 38
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
Afterword 152
Appendix I Alfred Gibson's Account of the Lincoln Conspiracy Trials 161
Appendix II Gibson Diary Extract, 1919 165
Notes 171
Bibliography 181
Index 185
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