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Harry Houdini (The First Names Series)

Harry Houdini (The First Names Series)


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Discover the man behind the magic and see how Houdini pulled off his most daring escapes

Before Harry Houdini (1874–1926) became the greatest magician in the world, he was just little Ehrich Weisz, a Hungarian-born immigrant who moved to America with his family and performed stage tricks for a little extra cash. He started off with card tricks and then eventually began performing the escape acts that would make him famous. Known for his daring and death-defying illusions, he would do some of the greatest tricks ever: escaping from a milk can, being buried alive, and being locked inside a crate and thrown into a river. He conquered each of these seemingly impossible feats and showed the world the power of a little magic. Fun, fast-paced, and highly illustrated, Harry Houdini tells the story of the curious boy who became the world’s greatest magician and reveals how Houdini did some of his most stunning escapes. It includes a timeline, glossary, and index.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419740909
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Series: Abrams First Names Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kjartan Poskitt is an award-winning author who has written more than 80 children’s books. He lives in York, England, with his wife, four daughters, and a whole array of musical instruments. Geraint Ford is an illustrator who has worked on everything from magazines, to comics, to children’s books. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Who Was Harry? 5

2 Harry and the Headless Man 9

3 Harry and the Other Houdinis 19

4 Harry Hits the Bottom 31

5 Harry Gets a Break 45

6 Harry Heads Abroad 59

7 The House That Harry Built 74

8 Harry Gets Dangerous 82

9 Harry's Death-Defying Mysteries! 92

10 Harry Hangs Upside Down 107

11 The Sea Monster and Other Sensations! 115

12 Harry and the Spirits 123

Timeline 134

Glossary 140

Select Bibliography 143

Index 144

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