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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone interested in magic!
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...
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by Gareth O'Flaherty

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but tough subject
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...
Published on 13 April 2011 by city1001


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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but tough subject, 13 April 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone interested in magic!, 20 Oct 2011
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Gareth O'Flaherty (Newbridge, Ireland.) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master......, 11 Sep 2014
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This review is from: The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, 12 April 2011
This book takes you back to an era of true magic. Jim's writing fills you with the atmosphere of the time and makes you wish you were there to experience it first hand. Highly recommended for anyone interested in magic, and for those who enjoy and relish the background information and the fascinating stories of the greatest magicians who ever lived.
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