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Magicians and illusionists
Woog, Adam, 1953-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses the lives of eight famous magicians, including Robert-Houdin, Herrman the Great, Kellar, Harry Houdini, Jasper Maskelyne, David Copperfield, and Penn and Teller.
Robert Houdin -- Herrmann the great -- Kellar -- Harry Houdini -- Jasper Maskelyne -- David Copperfield -- Penn and Teller.
Reading Level:
1170 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.4 5.0 51546.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.5 8 Quiz: 20666 Guided reading level: NR.
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GV1545.A2 W66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV1545.A2 W66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This title uses individual profiles of conjurers to trace the history of modern theatrical magic from its origins in the mid-1800s to the present day. Those profiled are: Robert-Houdin, whom many consider the father of modern magic; Alexander Herrmann, known professionally as Herrmann the Great, who developed the now-familiar "devilish" magician's persona; Kellar, the first great American-born magician; Houdini, history's most illustrious man of mystery; Jasper Maskelyne, part of a famous family of British magicians, who used his skills to create enormous illusions during World War II against the enemy; David Copperfield, the most famous living magician, whose exploits have been seen by more people than any other magician in history; and Penn & Teller, the "bad boys of magic, " who describe their subversive and darkly funny performance as "a magic show for people who hate magic."

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-The eight prominent 19th and 20th-century illusionists included in this volume are presented strictly as skillful entertainers. The talents that set them apart from their predecessors and contemporaries as well as their significant contributions to the art are highlighted. Information on Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, Herrmann the Great, Harry Kellar, Harry Houdini, Jasper Maskelyne, David Copperfield, and Penn and Teller offers a look at a broad range of presentation styles and activities accepted as magic. Houdini's dramatic escapes and bold self-promotion contrast with Maskelyne's camouflage wizardry that so enhanced the Allied effort in World War II. It is easy to see the relationship between Herrmann the Great's illusions and Copperfield's elaborate romantic dramas. The more detailed accounts of the lives and careers of illusionists such as Robert-Houdin, who were famous in their own time but today are little known outside the field, are especially valuable. A short introductory chapter on magic in history as well as mention of other prominent magicians place these men in the context of their art. The annotated list of further reading and the bibliography include many titles on Houdini. The six-page index enables precise access to the information in the text.-Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.