Keeping it Real...
Welcome! No matter how you found this, God knew you'd be here today. May you absorb the message He has for you. In 2011 I shared through my writing, today I've learned there is more to me than just writing. I have the energy and passion to share with others. Sometimes through Facebook live and others with my blog and most importantly, I've learned my passion to cook and bake is a vessel to share my writing and live presentations, while glorifying God in the process. I just needed to let go, and follow His lead.
Book Review: Houdini...His Story!
About the book: Incredible escapes, fantastic sleight-of-hand-Houdini's most challenging performances are dramatically portrayed in Houdini's Fabulous Magic. Walter Gibson, co-author, was in close touch with Harry Houdini for a number of years before his death and worked with the master magician in preparing material for the book. It is with the aid of Houdini's own scrapbooks and notes that this book was written.
The spectacular highlights of Houdini's career are described-and explained-here. Included are the famous escapes: escapes from a padlocked milk can filled with water; from locked jail cells; from a water-filled Chinese torture cell while suspended upside down; from packing cases weighted under water. Again, in this book, Houdini walks through a brick wall, vanishes a 10,000-pound elephant and is buried alive. Once more, Houdini and his wife Bessie mysteriously exchange places in a locked trunk-in three seconds!
And Houdini the man is not ignored. His impact on the world in the early years of the twentieth century was enormous. He was a public hero who, in his own way, helped sweep out the cobwebs of nineteenth-century thinking. While doing so, he distinguished himself as a patriot, writer, collector of magic, aviator, movie idol, philanthropist, and crusader against fraudulent spiritualistic practices.
This is a technical manual for magicians, complete with illustrations and diagrams, but it is also an astute analysis of the best of Houdini's magic and a readable biography of a man who turned himself into a legend. It is a book for would-be conjurers, for professional necromancers, for those curious about the methods and means of one of the most enchanting men of the previous century.
My Review of the book....
Let me start with an apology. I apologize for not doing this book the justice it deserves. Magic and the history of magic don't interest me BUT they do intrigue me and know it is something my cousin, Kenneth Sturtz, is both interested in and quite talented at. I remember when "Kenny" was the star attraction at kids' birthday parties doing his magic shows. He is the reason I signed up for this tour, in hopes of having the book to gift him after the tour. This didn't happen as it was a digital copy for the review. I was bummed yet grateful to learn a bit about something my cousin likes.
As I read the book, I enjoyed learning more about the behind the scene and the photos yet all I could think was, Kenny will enjoy this book. If you are into magic and history, you will not want to put down the book once your start. It is well written and interesting if this is your thing. If I can enjoy it, with little interest in magic, then you know it's well written.
I hope you'll take time to check it out. All the links are included in this blog.
Teller of Penn & Teller says: "I've loved this books for sixty years. My first copy was borrowed from the Philadelphia Public Library when I was fourteen, and I kept renewing the loan till I could afford to own my own copy. Houdini's Fabulous Magic has just the right blend of history, technical secrets, and romance to fire the passion of a young magician. Four pieces of the Penn & Teller repertoire were directly inspired by Houdini's Fabulous Magic--four times more than any other book in my library".
John Cox in his "Wild About Harry" website (Wildabouthoudini.com) and blog said of the earlier editions: Houdini's Fabulous Magic by Walter B. Gibson and Morris N. Young is the best forgotten Houdini book. I say that because when one thinks of books on Houdini's methods, one tends to turn to Houdini The Key by Patrick Culliton, The Secrets of Houdini by J.C. Cannel, or even Gibson's earlier work, Houdini's Escapes and Magic. Maybe because Fabulous Magic contains some reprinted material from the earlier Gibson book it tends to be thought of as a somewhat recycled work. But it's actually one of the very best books on Houdini's major feats and methods and maybe the best book for the layperson. It also contains historical tidbits that aren't found elsewhere. So let's remember it today!"
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Blog Tour Calendar
February 27th @ The Muffin: Join us as we celebrate the launch of Houdini's Fabulous Magic. Follow along our tour and you'll have the chance to win a copy of the book too. https://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com
February 28th @ The Mommies Review: Join Glenda for her review of Houdini's Fabulous Magic. You'll also have the chance to win a copy of the book too! http://www.themommiesreviews.com/
March 1st @ Word Magic: Fiona will be featuring the book Houdini's Fabulous Magic on her blog.
March 6th @ One Writer's Journey: Join Sue for her review of Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
March 8th @ A Storybook World: Join Deirdra for her feature of Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
March 10th @ Reading is My Remedy: Join Chelsie today for her review of Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
March 12th @ Joan P. Nienhus: Joan shares her thoughts about Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
March 15th @ One Sister's Journey: Join Lisa for her review of Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
March 20th @ My Beauty My Books: Join Nikki for her feature of an excerpt of Houdini's Fabulous Magic. You have the chance to win a copy of the book too! https://mybeautymybooks.com/
March 23rd @ Knotty Needle: Join Judy for her review of Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
March 25th @ Choices: Visit Madeline's blog for her review of Houdini's Fabulous Magic. You also have the chance to win a copy of the book too! http://www.madelinesharples.com/
March 27th @ Candid Canine: Join Chris for a review of Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
March 29th @ World of My Imagination: Visit Nicole's blog for her review of Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
March 30th @ Silver's Reviews: Join Elizabeth for a spotlight of Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
March 31st @ The Faeries Review: Visit Lily's blog for her review of Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
April 2nd @ Jessica's Reading Room: Join Jessica for her review of Houdinis' Fabulous Magic. You'll also have a chance to win a copy of the book too! https://www.jessicasreadingroom.com/
April 2nd @ Coffee And Ink: Visit Jan's blog for her review of Houdini's Fabulous Magic.
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