Houdini by Clinton Cox
Master of Illusion

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Houdini was an illusionist and escape artist who drew colossal crowds and awed them. His incredible feats seemed impossible, yet no one was ever able to debunk him. How did he escape from locked jail cells? How did he emerge after diving into stormy rivers with chains locked around his body? Although Clinton Cox exposes the secrets behind many of Houdini's tricks, readers will learn it was Houdini's brilliancy, his physical dexterity, and his wild imagination that made him a true master of illusion.

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Published January 1, 2001 by Scholastic. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Among the outpouring of new releases and reprints on the life of Houdini comes Cox’s (African American Teachers, not reviewed, etc.) biography with only Houdini’s piercing eyes, now a symbol of the man still known as the world’s greatest magician, gracing the cover.

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Like Tom Lalicki's recent Spellbinder, Cox emphasizes Houdini's devotion to his mother (he never recovered from the shock of her death) and to Bess, his wife of 32 years and sidekick on stage (though he allegedly had an affair with Jack London's widow).

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His diaries left behind the secrets of many of his tricks and illusions and with this book, author Cox sheds some light on his magical world.

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