The Secret of the Great Houdini by Robert Burleigh

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I am Houdini.

I am one whom nothing can contain.

I free myself.

Do you believe me now?

At last?

A master of deception, Harry Houdini spent his life entertaining audiences with his own particular blend of illusion and magic. Whether he was escaping from locked trunks submerged in the water or dangling by his feet from the tops of skyscrapers, Houdini always tested the boundaries of the body, the forces of nature, and the imagination.

In The Secret of the Great Houdini, Houdini must once again escape from a seemingly impossible bind. In the astonished crowd, a little boy finds himself mesmerized by the powers of freedom and human will that Houdini represented in his life. He discovers that Houdini's secret goes far beyond his illusions, to something all people can attain -- if only they believe they can.


About Robert Burleigh

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Robert Burleigh has written a number of books for children, including Black Whiteness: Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic, A Man Named Thoreau, and Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Published July 1, 2002 by Atheneum. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sketchy figures are outlined against deep, watery blues and purples and steely grays, evoking the apprehension Sam feels as he looks at the water in which Houdini’s trunk will be submerged, “So cold and deep it makes his skin feel bumpy.” Uncle Ezra reassures Sam, but not with false promises;

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This child's-eye view of the legendary escape artist finds young Sam and his uncle joining a crowd at the end of a pier, eager to watch Houdini work his magic.

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