Houdini by Jason Lutes
The Handcuff King

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Harry Houdini mesmerized a generation of Americans when he was alive, and continues to do so 80 years after his death. This is a "snapshot" of Houdini's life, centering on one of his most famous jumps. As Houdini prepares for a death-defying leap into the icy Charles River in Boston, biographer Jason Lutes and artist Nick Bertozzi reveal Houdini's life and influence: from the anti-Semitism Houdini fought all his life, to the adulation of the American public; from his hounding by the press, to his loving relationship with his wife Bess; from his egoism to his insecurity; from his public persona -- to the secret behind his most amazing trick! And it's all in graphic form, so it's fresh, original, and unlike anything previously published about this most fascinating of American showmen.

About Jason Lutes

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Born in 1967, JASON LUTES is an American cartoonist whose work includes the ongoing Berlin trilogy, and the graphic novel "Jar of Fools.
Published March 27, 2007 by Hyperion Book CH. 96 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Compelling black-and-white illustrations galvanize a moment in the life of revered magician Harry Houdini.

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A single stunt from the sprawling career of the "handcuff king," Harry Houdini ("The man for whom the phrase 'kids, don't try this at home' might well have been invented," reads Glen David Gold's introduction), is the lynchpin of this brief, elegant book.

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