The Secret Life of Houdini by William Kalush audiobook

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero

By William Kalush and Larry Sloman
Read by Adam Grupper

6.15 Hours 10/31/2006 Abridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780743561938

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An Intimate and Riveting Portrayal of Houdini, the Man and the Legend Handcuff King. Escape Artist.International Superstar. Since his death eighty years ago, Harry Houdini has continued to captivate generations. Now, renowned magic expert William Kalush and best-selling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth, from the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats to his secret life as a spy, and the pernicious plot to subvert his legacy. After years of struggling on the dime museum circuit, Harry Houdini got a break that thrust him into the spotlight -- performing for royalty and commanding vast sums. At a time when spy agencies frequently co-opted amateurs, Houdini went to London and developed a relationship with a man who would run MI-5; for the next several years, he traveled to Germany and Russia and routinely reported his findings. After World War I, Houdini set out to infiltrate and expose the seamy world of fake spirit mediums, triggering the wrath of a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Death threats became an everyday occurrence, but the group would pose an even greater danger to Houdini's legacy. As exciting as any good thriller,The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician's life from desperate poverty to worldwide legend, and initiates the listener into the arcane world of professional magic.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

An Intimate and Riveting Portrayal of Houdini, the Man and the Legend

Handcuff King. Escape Artist.International Superstar. Since his death eighty years ago, Harry Houdini has continued to captivate generations. Now, renowned magic expert William Kalush and best-selling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth, from the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats to his secret life as a spy, and the pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.

After years of struggling on the dime museum circuit, Harry Houdini got a break that thrust him into the spotlight -- performing for royalty and commanding vast sums. At a time when spy agencies frequently co-opted amateurs, Houdini went to London and developed a relationship with a man who would run MI-5; for the next several years, he traveled to Germany and Russia and routinely reported his findings. After World War I, Houdini set out to infiltrate and expose the seamy world of fake spirit mediums, triggering the wrath of a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Death threats became an everyday occurrence, but the group would pose an even greater danger to Houdini's legacy.

As exciting as any good thriller,The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician's life from desperate poverty to worldwide legend, and initiates the listener into the arcane world of professional magic.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Kalush and Sloman appear to have raked through every known Houdini archive to produce the most comprehensive and controversial biography ever written about the man, with its contention that he was a spy who may have been murdered by a cult. Tony Barrell, London Sunday Times
“Detailed, hugely entertaining…The story of Houdini’s final days is riveting, extraordinary, sad—and has never been better told.”  Los Angeles Times
“Kalush and Solomon appear to have raked through every known Houdini archive to produce the most comprehensive and controversial biography ever written about the man.” Sunday Times (London)
“This wonderful book may be the most complete account of Houdini yet.” News & Observer
“After eighty years, a book that does justice to the legacy of one of the greatest showmen ever. The research is astounding, the writing compelling.”  Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English