The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician

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Presenting the amazing Harry Kellar! The first magician to receive international fame! The most well-known illusionist at the turn of the twentieth century! The model for the Wizard of Oz! Author Gail Jarrow follows Kellar from a magician’s assistant traveling and performing across the United States during the Civil War to an international superstar with a show of his own, entertaining emperors, kings, and presidents. Jarrow uses Kellar’s own words and images his amazing four-color promotional posters to tell his riveting story in this first Kellar biography for young readers. And she reveals the science behind Kellar’s illusions and explores nineteenth-century entertainment and transportation as well as the history of magic, spiritualism, and séances.

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Gail Jarrow is the author of novels and nonfiction books, including The Amazing Harry Kellar, Great American Magician; Lincoln's Flying Spies; The Printer's Trial; and Robert H. Jackson, New Deal Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, Nuremberg Prosecutor. Her books have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections and have received awards from the American Booksellers Association, American Library Association, National Science Teachers Association & the Children's Book Council, Public Library Association, the Society of School Librarians International, and Bank Street College of Education. A graduate of Duke University and Dartmouth College, Gail lives in Ithaca, New York.

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* "A first-rate visual presentation accompanies a fascinating biography of the first dean of the Society of American Magicians, a man Houdini regarded as a mentor. . . . Dozens of spectacular Kellar posters along with a dramatic book design nicely support this well-constructed look at a consummate showman. (timeline, bibliography, annotated sources)" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "This book draws readers in. . . . An excellent example of nonfiction that is readable, visually appealing, and well researched." --School Library Journal, starred review

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