New York: Atria Books, 2006.
First Edition. Hardcover. Stated first edition, with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/2" X 6 1/2". xiv, 592pp. Faint shelfwear to unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Black paper over boards, with Houdini's visage stamped in blind to upper board and spine lettered in metallic red. Faint shelfwear, if any, to binding, firm, tight, and sound. Pages are clean and bright. A very handsome first printing of this biography of one of the greatest magicians in history by William Kalush and Larry Sloman.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Handcuff King. Escape Artist. International Superstar.
Since his death eighty-eight years ago, Harry Houdini’s life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and bestselling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth. Drawing from millions of pages of research, they describe in vivid detail the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.
The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame—his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Initiating the reader along the way into the arcane world of professional magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend. Near fine / near fine. Item #6391