Houdini The Untold Story

By: Christopher, Milbourne

Price: $20.00

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Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket


This book is in Very Good condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has some light edge wear, rubbing and nicking, along with some associated wrinkling to the top spine end. The dust jacket has ground in dirt as well. "Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it. In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror, keeping them in suspense for an hour. Another stunt saw him buried alive and only just able to claw himself to the surface, emerging in a state of near-breakdown. While many suspected that these escapes were faked, Houdini presented himself as the scourge of fake spiritualists. As President of the Society of American Magicians, he was keen to uphold professional standards and expose fraudulent artists. He was also quick to sue anyone who imitated his escape stunts."

Title: Houdini The Untold Story

Author Name: Christopher, Milbourne

Categories: Biography,

Edition: 4th Printing

Publisher: New York, Thomas Y. Crowell Company: 1969

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket

Seller ID: A34906

Keywords: Biography Christopher Milbourne Harry Houdini Magic Biography,