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The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards Hardcover – 3 Feb 2011

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 1st Edition edition (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585428450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585428458
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.4 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By city1001 on 13 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Steinmeyer's book is very well written and when he switches to storytelling mode it's hugely entertaining. The difficulty lies mostly with the subject matter - Howard Thurston - who Steinmeyer has to spend so much time convincing the reader is a great magician that it starts to feel forced. Moreover, it feels like great swaths of the story are lent to other people who were there talking about how great Thurston was, which starts to feel a lot like 'telling' and less like 'showing' - to borrow movie parlance. As someone with little to no knowledge of the magic industry, I recognize that perhaps the book wasn't written for a layman like me. Those with a deeper knowledge will no doubt take much more from the book than I. Otherwise, Steinmeyer has a wonderfully engaging voice and easy storytelling style and I look forward to more work from him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth O'Flaherty on 20 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic! If you have an interest in magic and illusion then you simply have to buy this book. It captures the Golden Age of Magic perfectly and is an important record of the life of Howard Thurston, who was one of the best (if not the best) magicians the world has ever known. It's sad that Thurston is largely unknown to the general public now, but this book is a valuable witness to his legacy.
Just one, ever so minor, gripe. The book is subtitled "Howard Thurston versus Houdini and the battles of the American Wizards". This is a bit misleading and the majority of the book does not focus on any battle between Houdini and Thurston. But don't let this stop you buying this brilliant biography.
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By Graham on 11 Sept. 2014
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softback, 344 pages, good size print.
24 chapters. photos.
Jim Steinmeyer does it again. Bringing to life another forgotten magician
of the late 19th early 20th century, Howard Thurston lives again in this book.
It goes on the shelf next to 'Hiding the elephant' and 'The Great Deception'.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guinevere on 27 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
AMAZING BOOK, EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED FOR MY COURSE AND IN PERFECT CONDITION.
CAME VERY QUICKLY WITH NO HASSLE
THANKYOU SO MUCH LIFESAVER!!!
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This text book is very detailed on points and keeps close to the specification. It is one of the essentials for this particular subject at AS-level
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By gingar-genome on 23 Dec. 2014
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Definitely helps push for the top grades, really worth it!
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