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Harry Houdini for Kids : His Life and Adventures with 21 Magic Tricks and Illusions - Laurie Carlson

Harry Houdini for Kids

His Life and Adventures with 21 Magic Tricks and Illusions


Published: 1st February 2009
For Ages: 9+ years old
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From his impoverished childhood to his feat of becoming one of the most successful entertainers of all time, this fascinating biography presents a memorable portrait of magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. Guidelines for 21 fun magic tricks are also provided, including how to stick a needle into a balloon without popping it, how to step through a note card, and how to make a coin vanish. Illustrating the science and logic behind many of Houdini's most notable acts, the magic-based activities also explain his famous Milk Can Escape through an accessible water displacement experiment and demonstrate simple mathematics with his Odd Number Trick. Touching on his time as an actor, an aviator, and possibly even a spy for the U.S. government, this thoroughly entertaining biography also features a time line, curriculum links for educators, and books and websites for further exploration.

Time line -- Introduction -- 1: Humble Beginnings -- Step through a note card -- Odd number trick -- 2: Star Is Born -- Linking paper rings -- Lift a person with one hand -- Four against one -- Balls or coins trick -- 3: Becoming The Handcuff King -- Dissolving rings trick -- Magic knot trick -- Mind reading with secret code -- 4: Crowd goes wild! -- Magic key -- Make a magic box -- 5: Going to extremes -- Milk can escape-measure volume displacement -- Build a box kite -- 6: Aviator, actor-spy? -- Magical money trick -- Write an invisible message -- Make a secret spy safe -- Crack a secret code -- 7: Ghostbuster -- Make some slimy ectoplasm -- Make a talking board -- Create ghostly handprints -- 8: Was It Murder? -- Farmer's chop suey -- Resources -- Further reading -- Web sites to explore -- Sources -- Index.

ISBN: 9781613741955
ISBN-10: 1613741952
For Ages: 9+ years old
For Grades: 4+
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st February 2009
Publisher: Chicago Review Press