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The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards
 
 
Author
Jim Steinmeyer.
Publisher Tarcher  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.3 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781585428458
Pages/Publication Date 377/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33186
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Following his history of stage magic, Hiding the Elephant, illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer here zooms in on the life of the only real rival to Harry Houdini. A magician's magician, who successfully navigated the changing demands of early 20th-century entertainment, Howard Thurston surpassed Houdini in the eyes of showmen and fans. His traveling production entailed tons of special equipment, extravagant costuming, and dozens of assistants, and set the standard for how stage magic is performed today. "Jim Steinmeyer knows the outside-in world of magic from the inside," wrote Teller (of Penn and Teller) in the New York Times Book Review. "He is a celebrated 'invisible man'—inventor, designer and creative brain behind many of the great stage magicians of the last quarter-century.... Steinmeyer writes about events a century ago as vividly as if he had been there; and in a sense, he has been.... No author has ever better conveyed the way the love of conjuring consumes a magician's life with magic's joys, terrors and longings."

"There is no greater expert on the history of stage magicians than Jim Steinmeyer. His deep knowledge of the subject, combined with a remarkable mastery of magical know-how, makes this book a smart, fantastic read."—Neil Patrick Harris

 
 
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