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Houdini: Art and Magic
 
 
Author
Brooke Kamin Rapaport.
Publisher Yale/The Jewish Museum  
Format no jacket
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 7.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780300146844
Pages/Publication Date 261/2010
Daedalus Item Code 42491
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(Finalist for the 2011 National Jewish Book Awards, Visual Arts category) Born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Harry Houdini (1874–1926) was a rabbi's son who became one of the 20th century's most famous performers through his gripping theatrical presentations and his talent for provocative self-promotion. His success was cause for celebration in the Jewish community as well as a testament to his powers of self-reinvention. From its foil-stamped cover with a porthole cutout revealing a frontispiece portrait of Houdini, this surprisingly entertaining catalog from the Jewish Museum, New York, documents and discusses his evolution and wide-ranging influence from the late 19th century to the present, illuminated with 157 color and 45 black and white photos and reproductions of art and ephemera. Essays on the artist's life and work are accompanied by interviews with novelist E.L. Doctorow, magician Teller (the "silent" half of Penn and Teller), and contemporary artists like Raymond Pettibon and Matthew Barney.

"A delightful discovery, stuffed with photographs and ephemera, including covers from Conjurers' Monthly dating from 1905, and diary pages filled with his inky script."—Daily Telegraph (London)

"All of the essays are informative, some downright entertaining, and there's lots of additional supporting material to peruse, but it's distinctly the plethora of illustrations that make the book so vivid—echoing some of the energy and color displayed during actual performances. Hats off to Yale press, yet again, for creating another visually stunning volume."—Jewish Exponent

 
 
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