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The Resource Harry Houdini for kids : his life and adventures with 21 magic tricks and illusions, Laurie Carlson

Harry Houdini for kids : his life and adventures with 21 magic tricks and illusions, Laurie Carlson

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Harry Houdini for kids : his life and adventures with 21 magic tricks and illusions
Title
Harry Houdini for kids
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his life and adventures with 21 magic tricks and illusions
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Laurie Carlson
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Language
eng
Summary
Illusionist, escape artist, movie star, aviator, and spy--Harry Houdini was all these and an international celebrity and the world's most famous magician. This fascinating biography looks at all the facets of Houdini's amazing life and includes 21 magic tricks and illusions for a hands-on learning experience. Children will be inspired by this Jewish immigrant who grew up in poverty and, through perseverance and hard work, went on to become one of the most popular and successful entertainers of all time. Houdini was an artist who created his acts carefully, practicing them for years in some cases. He performed such seemingly impossible stunts as escaping several sets of handcuffs and ropes after jumping off a bridge into a flowing river. Kids will learn how he devised his most legendary stunts and will also learn the science and logic behind many of Houdini's acts including his famous milk can escape
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  • Gr 4–8— Carlson does an admirable job of capturing the character of the man who enthralled the world with his magical illusions and mystifying escapes. She carefully traces Houdini's roots and his laborious path to international fame, emphasizing the personal integrity that guided his decisions. Many people, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, longed to believe that Houdini possessed supernatural powers, but he was determined to resist this notion and elevate magic to an art form. The author discusses the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death as well as current efforts to exhume the body to determine if foul play was involved. Throughout the book, Carlson has inserted 21 of Houdini's magic tricks and illusions for children to practice as well as text boxes that explore important people or events of the time. The volume is liberally laced with photographs, illustrations, and posters advertising Houdini's act. This is a well-written book on a fascinating topic. Libraries, especially those in which Sid Fleischman's Escape: The Story of the Great Houdini (HarperCollins, 2006) is popular, will want to consider it for purchase.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ --Grace Oliff (Reviewed April 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 4, p146)
  • This comprehensive biography–plus–activity book on the famed magician of the late 19th and early 20th centuries illuminates nearly as much about the era as about Harry Houdini. Supplying sidebars on such topics as vaudeville, Ouija boards and the Wright Brothers, Carlson (More than Moccasins ) puts Houdini's career squarely in context. Her writing is detailed but conversational as she offers engrossing facts and tidbits: Houdini also worked as a spy, movie actor and stuntman, and ground-breaking aviator; his wife and performing partner once saved Buster Keaton from a fire. Readers will come away viewing Houdini as much a product of his time as of his own wits and making. The narrative seems dauntingly long, but is interspersed with explanations and diagrams of magic tricks, b&w photos and ephemera, and imaginatively chosen, decorative line art. The magic tricks are clearly explained and easy to do: make a Magic Box (it has a trick bottom) out of milk cartons, secretly pass messages to a partner, etc.; some activities reinforce the science behind many of Houdini's tricks. Ages 9–up. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed February 2, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 5, p51)
  • Harry Houdini may be the most famous magician ever. He began his career working as a sideshow act in carnivals but, by virtue of talent, study and very hard work, elevated his craft to an art, making his name a household word. A few of his more clever illusions have never been fully explained; when he died at age 52 in 1927, he took many of his secrets to the grave. This biography includes a wealth of detailed information on both Houdini and a wide variety of only marginally related subjects. Page-long text boxes include biographies of the Wright brothers, Jack London and Theodore Roosevelt, and a description of the rambling Winchester Mansion. Although period photographs and advertisements add interest, the narrative is, unfortunately, often repetitive, sometimes almost word for word. The cover promises "21 Magic Tricks and Illusions," but some of those are how to build a box kite, a recipe and an explanation of how to measure volume displacement of solids in water. An editor's magic would have benefited this average effort. (further reading, source list, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up) (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2009)
Biography type
individual biography
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304121
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DLC
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1952-
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Carlson, Laurie M.
Dewey number
  • 793.8092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Intended audience
"Ages 9 & up"--Page 4 of cover
LC call number
GV1545.H8
LC item number
C33 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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  • 4
  • 8
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Series statement
For kids
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  • Houdini, Harry
  • Houdini, Harry
  • Houdini, Harry
  • Magicians
  • Escape artists
  • Magic tricks
  • Magicians
  • Escape artists
  • Escape artists
  • Magic tricks
  • Magicians
  • United States
Target audience
juvenile
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his life and adventures with 21 magic tricks and illusions
Label
Harry Houdini for kids : his life and adventures with 21 magic tricks and illusions, Laurie Carlson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-134) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Time line -- Introduction -- Humble beginnings -- Step through a note card -- Odd number trick -- A star is born -- Linking paper rings -- Lift a person with one hand -- Four against one -- Balls or coins trick -- Becoming the handcuff king -- Dissolving rings trick -- Magic knot trick -- Mind reading with secret code -- And the crowd goes wild! -- Magic key trick -- Make a magic box -- Going to extremes -- Milk can escape: measure volume displacement -- Build a box kite -- Aviator, actor...spy? -- Magical money trick -- Write an invisible message -- Make a secret spy safe -- Crack a secret code -- Ghostbuster -- Make some slimy ectoplasm -- Make a talking board -- Create ghostly handprints -- Was it murder? -- Farmer's chop suey
Control code
884070
Dimensions
22 x 28 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 136 pages
Isbn
9781556527821
Lccn
2008021404
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781556527821
  • (OCoLC)228365680
Label
Harry Houdini for kids : his life and adventures with 21 magic tricks and illusions, Laurie Carlson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-134) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Time line -- Introduction -- Humble beginnings -- Step through a note card -- Odd number trick -- A star is born -- Linking paper rings -- Lift a person with one hand -- Four against one -- Balls or coins trick -- Becoming the handcuff king -- Dissolving rings trick -- Magic knot trick -- Mind reading with secret code -- And the crowd goes wild! -- Magic key trick -- Make a magic box -- Going to extremes -- Milk can escape: measure volume displacement -- Build a box kite -- Aviator, actor...spy? -- Magical money trick -- Write an invisible message -- Make a secret spy safe -- Crack a secret code -- Ghostbuster -- Make some slimy ectoplasm -- Make a talking board -- Create ghostly handprints -- Was it murder? -- Farmer's chop suey
Control code
884070
Dimensions
22 x 28 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 136 pages
Isbn
9781556527821
Lccn
2008021404
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781556527821
  • (OCoLC)228365680

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