The Amazing Harry Kellar by Gail Jarrow
Great American Magician

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Presenting the amazing Harry Kellar! The first magician to receive international fame! The most well-known illusionist at the turn of the twentieth century! The model for the Wizard of Oz! Author Gail Jarrow follows Kellar from a magician’s assistant traveling and performing across the United States during the Civil War to an international superstar with a show of his own, entertaining emperors, kings, and presidents. Jarrow uses Kellar’s own words and images—his amazing four-color promotional posters—to tell his riveting story in this first Kellar biography for young readers. And she reveals the science behind Kellar’s illusions and explores nineteenth-century entertainment and transportation as well as the history of magic, spiritualism, and séances.

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Gail Jarrow is the author of The Printer's, Robert H. Jackson, and Lincoln's Flying Spies, all for Calkins Creek. Her articles and stories have appeared in Highlights, Cricket, Muse, Spider, and Cobblestone. A graduate of Duke University and Dartmouth College, Gail has taught in grades four to eight. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
Published June 1, 2012 by Calkins Creek. 96 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books.

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The son of German immigrant parents, Harry Keller (later Kellar) lived in his hometown of Erie, Penn., only until he was 10, when he hopped aboard a train bound for Cleveland, Ohio, in 1859.

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When Harry found out the magician he had seen – the Fakir of Ava – was running an ad for an assistant, Harry made his way to Buffalo, New York, to apply for the job.

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