The Great Illusionists

Product Number: EB00755635
Released: Mar 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781473890787
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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Description

Houdini and beyond: a historic magical mystery tour of the great showmen who inspired the likes of David Blaine, Penn & Teller, and Siegfried & Roy. Today, Harry Houdini stands as the most famous illusionist and escape artist in history. But from the late nineteenth century to early twentieth century, magicians and escapologists who inspired-and were inspired by-Houdini packed vaudeville houses and local theaters across the globe. The Great Illusionists reveals the careers, lives, and sometimes shocking on-stage deaths of the greatest showmen to ever wow the world. In addition to the astounding accomplishments of Houdini, marvel at the feats of Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin, the "Father of Modern Conjuring"; the Davenport Brothers, music hall mediums and devotees of the Spiritualist movement; the "Dean of American Magicians" Harry Kellar; master illusionists, the Great Raymond, David Devant, the Great Lafayette, and Chung Ling Soo; the novelty performances of The Human Fly and Datas, "The Living Encyclopedia"; and many more. From vanishing acts and public seances to harrowing bullet-tricks and psychic wizardry, The Great Illusionists brings to life a unique history of entertainment.

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Author(s): Derek Tait
Original Publish Date: Mar 30, 2018

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