Harry Houdini for Kids: His Life and Adventures with 21 by Laurie Carlson

By Laurie Carlson

Illusionist, get away artist, celebrity, aviator, and spy—Harry Houdini used to be some of these and a global superstar and the world’s most famed magician. This attention-grabbing biography appears in any respect the aspects of Houdini’s impressive existence and contains 21 magic methods and illusions for a hands-on studying event. young children could be encouraged via this Jewish immigrant who grew up in poverty and, via perseverance and tough paintings, went directly to turn into probably the most well known and profitable entertainers of all time. Houdini was once an artist who created his acts rigorously, practising them for years every so often. He played such doubtless very unlikely stunts as escaping a number of units of handcuffs and ropes after leaping off a bridge right into a flowing river.  Kids will find out how he devised his so much mythical stunts and also will research the technology and common sense at the back of a lot of Houdini’s acts together with his well-known milk can get away. little ones can amaze their friends and family with those basic, pleasing, and enjoyable tips and illusions: Stepping via an index card acting a wierd quantity trick creating a coin look brain examining with a mystery code creating a magic field Lifting anyone with one hand creating a conversing board and masses extra

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It was simple, it always worked, and the audiences were amazed. The Houdinis were skilled at Second Sight, using it to create their spirit medium show. Bess and Harry created their Mind Reading with Secret Code C reate a secret message code to use with a partner. You can do this for a variety of things, not just magic shows. No one will be able to figure out how it’s done! Match up a list of numbers, colors, or items with a list of words that can be used to start sentences. Then select the word that matches the number you want your partner to name.

Harry wore a steel plate attached to his thigh, beneath his trousers. Inside the cabinet, he would rap the cuff hard against the plate. Many times he could pop the lock open with simple force. Others figured he hid a special tool somewhere on his body—probably in his thick, curly, unruly hair. They were correct. Sometimes he did hide a lock pick there, just as he also hid one in the thick skin on the sole of his foot. Who would 51 Magic Key Trick H ere’s a clever trick using a padlock and your own “special” powers.

Barnum was a showman who organized and promoted low-cost entertainment to the widest audience. Phineas began earning money by exhibiting an elderly blind woman. She was a former slave named Joyce Heth. Phineas told everyone she had been George Washington’s nurse and was over 160 years old. Joyce was only 80 when she died, so they weren’t telling the truth to audiences. But Barnum had discovered how to make his fortune. He bought a small FA M O U S A M E R I C A N S , D O V E R P U B L I C AT I O N S , 2 0 0 5 dime museum in New York City and expanded it to create the American Museum.

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