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Mrs. Houdini

By Victoria Kelly
  • ISBN Code: : 1501110926
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
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“Richly lyrical and thought-provoking” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), this “stellar debut from a novelist to watch” (Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author) explores the passionate marriage of Harry Houdini and his wife, Bess—a love story that defied death itself. Before escape artist Harry Houdini died, he vowed he would find a way to speak to his beloved wife, Bess, from beyond the grave using a coded message known only to the two of them. But when a widowed Bess begins seeing this code in seemingly impossible places, it becomes clear that Harry has an urgent message to convey. Unlocking the puzzle will set Bess on a course back through the pair’s extraordinary romance, which swept the illusionist and his bride from the beaches of Coney Island, to the palaces of Budapest, to the back lots of Hollywood. When the mystery finally leads Bess to the doorstep of a mysterious young photographer, she realizes that her husband’s magic may have been more than just illusion. In surprising turns that weave through the uncertain days of the dawn of the twentieth century and continue into the dazzling 1920s, Mrs. Houdini is a “dazzling and enchanting” (Shelf Awareness, starred review) tale, “a marvel that gallops through time and space” (Associated Press), and a “mesmerizing reimagining” (People) of one of history’s greatest love stories.

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Joe Posnanski enters the colorful world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans to explore the illusionist’s impact on global culture—and why his legacy endures to this day. Nearly a century after Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926, he feels as modern and alive as ever. The name Houdini still leaps to mind whenever we witness a daring escape. The baby who frees herself from her crib? Houdini. The dog who vanishes and reappears in the neighbor’s garden? Houdini. Every generation produces new disciples of the magician, from household names in magic like David Copperfield and David Blaine to countless other followers whose lives have been transformed by the power of Houdini. In rural Pennsylvania, a thirteen-year-old girl finds the courage to leave a violent home after learning that Houdini ran away to join the circus; she eventually becomes the first female magician to saw a man in half on television. In Australia, an eight-year-old boy with a learning impediment feels worthless until he sees an old poster of Houdini advertising “Nothing on earth can hold Houdini prisoner,” and begins his path to becoming that nation’s most popular magician. In California, an actor and Vietnam War veteran finds purpose in his life by uncovering the secrets of his hero. But the unique phenomenon of Houdini was always more than his death-defying stunts or his ability to escape handcuffs and straitjackets. It is also about the power of imagination and self-invention. His incredible transformation from Ehrich Weiss, humble Hungarian immigrant and rabbi’s son, into the self-named Harry Houdini has won him a slice of immortality. No one has withstood the test of time quite like Houdini. Fueled by Posnanski’s personal obsession with the magician—and magic itself—The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is a poignant odyssey of discovery, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to trace Houdini’s metamorphosis into an iconic figure who has inspired millions.

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THE CURIOUS NARRATIVE DESCRIBING THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE LEADING EXPONENT OF SPIRITUALISM AND HIS FOREMOST OPPONENT HARRY HOUDINI spent the last years of his life in a crusade against fake spirit mediums. He wanted to believe in spiritualism, but he could not. Conan Doyle devoted to the cause of spiritualism all the money and fame he got out of Sherlock Holmes; he cared more about spiritualism than about anything else in the world. These men had diametrically opposite views on the subject which meant most to them; yet they were friends and mutual admirers, and they kept up for many months the correspondence on which this book is based. They wrote mostly about the subject nearest their hearts. Doyle arranged settings with mediums for Houdini; Houdini took Doyle to banquets of the Society of American Magicians; Doyle thought Houdini did his tricks by supernatural power; the magicians were puzzled by the movies of prehistoric monsters in Doyle’s Lost World. Finally, Lady Doyle, Sir Arthur’s wife, got a “message” in “automatic writing” from Houdini’s mother. It was only when Houdini found himself unable to the believe in the reality of this message (though he had no doubt of Lady Doyle’s sincerity) that a break did come. Shortly after, Houdini died; Doyle followed soon. Perhaps they have become intimate again; who knows? This story of their friendship is told by Bernard M. L. Ernst, Houdini’s attorney and close friend, past president of the Society of American Magicians, and Hereward Carrington, well-known as a leading psychic investigator, author of The Story of Psychic Science, and friend of both Doyle and Houdini.

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By John F. Kasson
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  • Publisher : Hill and Wang
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  • Total of Pages : 288
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A remarkable new work from one of our premier historians In his exciting new book, John F. Kasson examines the signs of crisis in American life a century ago, signs that new forces of modernity were affecting men's sense of who and what they really were. When the Prussian-born Eugene Sandow, an international vaudeville star and bodybuilder, toured the United States in the 1890s, Florenz Ziegfeld cannily presented him as the "Perfect Man," representing both an ancient ideal of manhood and a modern commodity extolling self-development and self-fulfillment. Then, when Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan swung down a vine into the public eye in 1912, the fantasy of a perfect white Anglo-Saxon male was taken further, escaping the confines of civilization but reasserting its values, beating his chest and bellowing his triumph to the world. With Harry Houdini, the dream of escape was literally embodied in spectacular performances in which he triumphed over every kind of threat to masculine integrity -- bondage, imprisonment, insanity, and death. Kasson's liberally illustrated and persuasively argued study analyzes the themes linking these figures and places them in their rich historical and cultural context. Concern with the white male body -- with exhibiting it and with the perils to it --reached a climax in World War I, he suggests, and continues with us today.

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Book Short Summary:

Translation and Globalization is essential reading for anyone with an interest in translation, or a concern for the future of our world's languages and cultures. This is a critical exploration of the ways in which radical changes to the world economy have affected contemporary translation. The Internet, new technology, machine translation and the emergence of a worldwide, multi-million dollar translation industry have dramatically altered the complex relationship between translators, language and power. In this book, Michael Cronin looks at the changing geography of translation practice and offers new ways of understanding the role of the translator in globalized societies and economies. Drawing on examples and case-studies from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, the author argues that translation is central to debates about language and cultural identity, and shows why consideration of the role of translation and translators is a necessary part of safeguarding and promoting linguistic and cultural diversity.

Harry Houdini Mysteries: The Dime Museum Murders

By Daniel Stashower
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  • Publisher : Titan Books (US, CA)
  • Book Code : 0857686194
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 381
  • Pdf File: harry-houdini-mysteries.pdf

Book Short Summary:

New York City in 1897 and young escapologist Harry Houdini is struggling to get the recognition he craves from the ruthless entertainment industry. When toy tycoon Branford Wintour is found murdered in his Fifth Avenue mansion, detectives call upon Houdini to help solve this mysterious crime. When Harry and his brother Dash reach the scene of the murder, they discover that Wintour was killed seemingly by a magic trick... The first in a series of Harry Houdini Mysteries.

Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #3

By Cynthia von Buhler
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  • Publisher : Titan Comics
  • Book Code : 1785865730
  • Total of Pages : 30
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 713
  • Pdf File: minky-woodcock.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The fabulous, rabbit-loving Minky Woodcock straps on her gumshoes in order to uncover a magical mystery involving the world-famous escape artist, Harry Houdini. Created by acclaimed artist, author, director, and playwright Cynthia Von Buhler (Speakeasy Dollhouse, Evelyn Evelyn, An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer). p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri; min-height: 14.0px}

Seriously Sassy: Crazy Days

By Maggi Gibson
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 014192408X
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 398
  • Pdf File: seriously-sassy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

'I'm gonna use my fame and money to make the world a better place . . . OK?' Life is seriously good for Sassy Wilde - she's had her first kiss, she has the two bestest bezzies ever and her rock-chick dreams are on the verge of coming true. But just as everything's set to take off, her new boyfriend starts acting weird - and then the record company turns Sassy's world upside down! Sassy feels like giving it all up - until a real disaster strikes. Now's not the time for Sassy to pack away her guitar, cos her talents are needed more than ever . . .

Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places

By Brad Steiger
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  • Publisher : Visible Ink Press
  • Book Code : 1578594219
  • Total of Pages : 680
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 197
  • Pdf File: real-ghosts-restless-spirits-and-haunted-places.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The culmination of Brad Steiger’s 50 years of paranormal research, this book is a bold telling of true ghost stories and firstperson encounters with the supernatural. Arranged topically, it covers every sort of ghost and haunting: poltergeists, shadow beings, and phantoms alongside haunted apartments, hotels, and trains. From ghosts that still haunt Ohio’s State Reformatory, otherwise known as Shawshank, to Abe Lincoln’s regular consultation with mediums, this compendium delves into the true scary stories from both historical documents and personal accounts. In its 30 chapters, spirits represented include the good (“Ghosts that Saved Lives”), the bad (“Invisible Home Wreckers”), and the ugly (“Demonic Spirits That Whisper Commands to Kill”). The book goes on to unearth the ghastly goingson and macabre manifestations at haunted places such as museums, churches, graveyards, restaurants, and sacred sites while also instructing how to perform a cleansing ritual to rid a home of unwanted spectral visitors. This second edition is updated to include new stories and compelling evidence of both the existence of ghosts and proof of hauntings that will entertain, induce chills, and make the doubtful believe.

Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

By Christopher Sandford
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Book Code : 0230341586
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 886
  • Pdf File: masters-of-mystery.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Renowned mystery author Arthur Conan Doyle and famous illusionist Harry Houdini first met in 1920, during the magician's tour of England. At the time, Conan Doyle had given up his lucrative writing career, killing off Sherlock Holmes in the process, in order to concentrate on his increasingly manic interest in Spiritualism. Houdini, who regularly conducted séances in an attempt to reach his late mother, was also infatuated with the idea of what he called a "living afterlife," though his enthusiasm came to be tempered by his ability to expose fraudulent mediums, many of whom employed crude variations of his own well-known illusions. Using previously unpublished material on the murky relationship between Houdini and Conan Doyle, this sometimes macabre, sometimes comic tale tells the fascinating story of the relationship between two of the most loved figures of the 20th century and their pursuit of magic and lost loved ones.

We Don't Die

By Joel Martin,Patricia Romanowski
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1440674442
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 331
  • Pdf File: we-don-t-die.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This is the phenomenal true story of the world-renowned psychic medium George Anderson—the groundbreaking book that first brought afterlife experience into the light. For over 12 years Joel Martin documented evidence of Anderson's powers—the ability to reach 'the other side'—and repeatedly astonished believers and skeptics. This is the book of those universal visions, the inspiring messages of hope, truth, and peace, and a glimpse into eternity to answers to the unfathomable questions about life and death.

Forgotten Mysteries

By R. DeWitt Miller
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  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Book Code : 1787208990
  • Total of Pages : 121
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 155
  • Pdf File: forgotten-mysteries.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Today, as age-old certainties crumble in men’s hands, it is natural to ask, “What is the truth behind those strange, half-forgotten tales that seem forever recurring, those facts which, if substantiated, would change our conception of the universe?” Are there ghosts, sea serpents, messages from Mars? Have there been phantom armies? Was there a lost continent of Atlantis? Can men wander along the dimension of time? What of the tales that cluster around this thing called dying? Each of the 15 chapters in Forgotten Mysteries covers a different type of mysterious occurrence. For the first time the whole field of the enigmatical has been presented in one volume. “One of the world’s foremost authorities on psychic phenomena.”—United Press “...enormously readable...”—The Chicago Daily News “This book is in a class by itself.”—San Francisco Call Bulletin “...a fascinating book...”—Vincent Starrett, Chicago Tribune “Tales to keep you awake...Miller focuses the eye of the scientist upon the outre, evoking case histories rather than dungeons, facts rather than ghostly moans.”—Edwin Fadiman, Jr., Philadelphia Inquirer

Marblehead

By Richard A. Lupoff
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  • Publisher : Gateway
  • Book Code : 1473208602
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 285
  • Pdf File: marblehead.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Marblehead encompasses all of 1927, a year in which H.P. Lovecraft, researching a book he'd been hired to write for the Nazis, travels the East Coast in the company of Charles Sylvester Viereck.

Glossolalia

By Peter Dabbene
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1469117347
  • Total of Pages : 563
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 646
  • Pdf File: glossolalia.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Glossolalia is a compendium of 35 short stories, taking on genres from short comedy to science fiction, and from political satire to "literary" fiction and horror. A turn of the 21st century detective seeks a sense of purpose and a new start. A modern magician finds peace in a recorded voice from the past. A trucker gets a warning along with his meal at a truck stop diner. The brightest lights of stage and screen engage in a secret mission to save Hollywood. A young woman is taken for a ride at her new job, courtesy of political correctness. Germans and Russians compete in an escalating animal war during World War II. A reenactor sees history come to life on the battlefield at Gettysburg. A young Cuban man seeks escape to America on the high seas. A father tinkers with the genetic coding of his boys to give them a chance at succeeding where he has failed. These stories, and many more, await the reader of Glossolalia.

Sherlock Holmes and The Escape Artist

By Fred Thursfield
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  • Publisher : Andrews UK Limited
  • Book Code : 178092593X
  • Total of Pages : 146
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 443
  • Pdf File: sherlock-holmes-and-the-escape-artist.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Do Spirits Return? Sherlock Holmes, Mary Watson, and Harry Houdini say ‘No’ and prove it.