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Houdini Heart

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Houdini Heart by Ki Longfellow Book Summary:

HOUDINI HEART harkens back to the masters of suspenseful supernatural horror: Poe, Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, but speaks with a wholly fresh voice. Once caught in its pages, there's no escaping Longfellow's terrible tale. Weeks ago, she was one of Hollywood's biggest writers, wed to one of its greatest stars. The doting mother of their golden child. But now? She's alone, tortured by a horrifying secret no woman could bear. Pursued by those she can't outrun, anguished by a guilt she can't endure, and driven close to madness, she flees to the one place she's ever called home: a small town in Vermont where River House still stands. To a child, the splendid hotel was mysterious and magical and all its glamorous guests knew delicious secrets. Cocooned in its walls, she will write one last book. Her atonement? Or her suicide note? But life is never as you dream it, and River House isn't what she'd always imagined it was. Intense, literary, and harrowing, Houdini Heart is a tale of bone-chilling horror, emotional torment, and psychological terror. Gripped by River House, trapped in an aging hotel of mirrors only Houdini could escape, how much can haunt a mind before it too is only a thing once imagined? "A haunting and disturbing journey through the psyche."-Erika Mailman, Author of "The Witch's Trinity"

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

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The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski Book Summary:

Joe Posnanski enters the colorful world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans to explore the illusionist’s impact on global culture—and why his legacy endures to this day. Nearly a century after Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926, he feels as modern and alive as ever. The name Houdini still leaps to mind whenever we witness a daring escape. The baby who frees herself from her crib? Houdini. The dog who vanishes and reappears in the neighbor’s garden? Houdini. Every generation produces new disciples of the magician, from household names in magic like David Copperfield and David Blaine to countless other followers whose lives have been transformed by the power of Houdini. In rural Pennsylvania, a thirteen-year-old girl finds the courage to leave a violent home after learning that Houdini ran away to join the circus; she eventually becomes the first female magician to saw a man in half on television. In Australia, an eight-year-old boy with a learning impediment feels worthless until he sees an old poster of Houdini advertising “Nothing on earth can hold Houdini prisoner,” and begins his path to becoming that nation’s most popular magician. In California, an actor and Vietnam War veteran finds purpose in his life by uncovering the secrets of his hero. But the unique phenomenon of Houdini was always more than his death-defying stunts or his ability to escape handcuffs and straitjackets. It is also about the power of imagination and self-invention. His incredible transformation from Ehrich Weiss, humble Hungarian immigrant and rabbi’s son, into the self-named Harry Houdini has won him a slice of immortality. No one has withstood the test of time quite like Houdini. Fueled by Posnanski’s personal obsession with the magician—and magic itself—The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is a poignant odyssey of discovery, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to trace Houdini’s metamorphosis into an iconic figure who has inspired millions.

The Escape Artist

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The Escape Artist by Mayra Araujo Book Summary:

When eight-year-old Anna finally convinced her mother to adopt a cat, she had no idea how all their lives were about to change. After the events of a Halloween night gone horribly wrong, her teenage brother and friends find themselves at the center of a mystery that could endanger all their lives. A teenage boy is the focal point of a conspiracy still very much unknown. Not knowing anything about his past or even where he is from, he must learn to control himself, his emotions, and his cool in

Cheating Death

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Cheating Death by J.D. Ursini Book Summary:

When Evelyn Brennans parents are slaughtered without warning, she naturally assumes that her life is overespecially when she herself is drained dry by a vampire. To her surprise, however, she awakens sixteen years later to discover that she has been reborn as a banshee, a creature of myth with the power to foresee death. After she is taken in by her great aunt and fellow banshee, Kendyl, Evelyn knows she cannot return home. Her former life is over, and her new life as a banshee has begun. But when she learns her baby brother is still alive, Evelyn embarks on a journey to keep him safe a quest that leads her to realize both Theodore, a persistent vampire, and Donovan, a mysterious yet charming grim reaper are shadowing both her and her brother. Propelled into a world she does not understand, Evelyn must do whatever it takes to keep her loved ones safe no matter what the cost. Cheating Death is the tale of a young womans struggle to adapt to life as a creature she never believed was real. Now, Evelyn must come to terms with her new role as a banshee as if her life (and her brothers) depended it.

Walks Away Woman

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Walks Away Woman by Ki Longfellow Book Summary:

Ki Longfellow, acclaimed author of Flow Down Like Silver: Hypatia of Alexandria, The Secret Magdalene, and Houdini Heart has penned Walks Away Woman, a remarkable story of an ordinary woman driven to an extraordinary decision. Overwhelmed, overwrought, and overweight, an everyday housewife walks into the Sonoran Desert to die. But there is more to a desert than sand: thorns, venom, heat, man, beast-and adventure.

The Secret Life of Houdini

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The Secret Life of Houdini by William Kalush,Larry Sloman Book Summary:

Handcuff King. Escape Artist. International Superstar. Since his death eighty-eight years ago, Harry Houdini’s life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and bestselling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth. Drawing from millions of pages of research, they describe in vivid detail the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy. The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame—his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Initiating the reader along the way into the arcane world of professional magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend.

Healing Heart

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Healing Heart by Gloria T. Hull,Akasha Gloria Hull Book Summary:

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Houdini On the Spot

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Houdini On the Spot by Craig Zerouni Book Summary:

Packed with more than 350 techniques, this book delivers what you need to know-on the spot. Its concise presentation of professional techniques is suited to experienced artists whether you are: * Migrating from another visual effects application * Upgrading to Houdini 9 * Seeking a handy reference to raise your proficiency with Houdini Houdini On the Spot presents immediate solutions in an accessible format. It clearly illustrates the essential methods that pros use to get the job done efficiently and creatively. Screenshots and step-by-step instructions show you how to: * Navigate and manipulate the version 9 interface * Create procedural models that can be modified quickly and efficiently with Surface Operators (SOPs) * Use Particle Operators (POPs) to build complex simulations with speed and precision * Minimize the number of operators in your simulations with Dynamics Operators (DOPs) * Extend Houdini with customized tools to include data or scripts with Houdini Digital Assets (HDAs) * Master the version 9 rendering options including Physically Based Rendering (PBR), volume rendering and motion blur * Quickly modify timing, geometry, space and rotational values of your animations with Channel Operators (CHOPs) * Create and manipulate elements with Composite Operators (COPs); Houdini's full-blown compositor toolset * Make your own SOPs, COPs, POPs, CHOPs, and shaders with the Vector Expressions (VEX) shading language * Configure the Houdini interface with customized environments and hotkeys * Mine the treasures of the dozens of standalone applications that are bundled with Houdini


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Houdini by Charlotte L R Kane Book Summary:

Have you ever wondered what happens when two brothers - brought together by their love of trickery - are pulled apart when one is given an opportunity and the other isn't? What happens when one brother becomes a star whilst the other brother struggles to make enough money to keep his family? Can these brothers forgive and come together before it's too late, or will jealousy and resentment keep them apart?

Playing Cards with Houdini

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Playing Cards with Houdini by Alex Stolis Book Summary:

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Believe by William Shatner,Michael Tobias Book Summary:

Two extraordinary men--Harry Houdini, a master of illusion who regarded his cr aft as the clever workings of the mind, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, beloved writer and firm believer in the occult--engage in a battle of wits to determine if there is life after death. Well-known actor William Shatner is the bestselling author of Teklords and Tekwar. Tobias penned Voice of the Planet.

Project Houdini

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Project Houdini by Thom Fillinger Book Summary:

For sixteen long months, the U.S. Navy was helpless! Admiral Nathan Summerfield and his entire Project Houdini exploration team had gone into the Bermuda Triangle and never came out. All contact had been broken. The navy could find no way to recover them. Project Houdini had won the battle but had lost their war against the unknown. Or had they? More dead than alive, journalist Alan Maxwell was extracted from icy Atlantic waters. Only a humble Mae West jacket had sustained this shattered sole survivor in testament of the incredible truth. A strange and dangerous truth that certain forces within the navy tried again and again to suppress. In an effort to keep the lid on former naval officer Alan Maxwells account of the terrible secret that the Project Houdini team had discovered, the projects new director, egocentric Admiral Scott, and his henchman, Captain Sadowski, had the reporter subjected to a high-tech brainwashing technique. They then, in order to maintain anonymity, had him moved from one hospital to another. Only newspaper editor Harry Konenbergs stubborn belief in his veteran reporter defied the odds and kept this remarkable story from being systematically sucked into an all-consuming national security vacuum.

Sleeping with Houdini

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Sleeping with Houdini by Nin Andrews Book Summary:

The leading female voice of American prose poetry reinvents Houdini as a metaphor.

Encyclopedia Americana: Heart to India

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Encyclopedia Americana: Heart to India by N.A Book Summary:

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The 39 Clues: The Cahill Files #4: The Houdini Escape

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The 39 Clues: The Cahill Files #4: The Houdini Escape by Clifford Riley Book Summary:

A brand new adventure from the world of The 39 Clues! After 500 years, the Cahill family's most dangerous secrets are about to be revealed. Read at your own risk . . . Young Harry Houdini's family is eager for a fresh start in America, but secrets from their past have followed them to New York. When the aspiring magician is kidnapped by a dangerous enemy, the Vespers, Houdini discovers a secret talent: death-defying escapes. Will his rare talent allow him to survive the attack? Or will it get him into deeper trouble than he ever imagined?

The Encyclopedia Americana: Heart-India

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The Encyclopedia Americana: Heart-India by N.A Book Summary:

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China Blues

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China Blues by Ki Longfellow Book Summary:

The Roaring Twenties, Chinatown, San Francisco: back-street blues and bathtub gin... hardball mobsters and hardheaded cops... seductive speakeasies and sizzling scandals. As the young Louis Armstrong blows his horn in the infamous Blue Canary, impetuous Nob Hill Socialite Elizabeth Stafford Hamilton plunges into a reckless affair with mysterious Li Kwan Won. Unknown to Lizzie, Li is the overlord of the city's vast bootlegging empire-and archenemy of her powerful husband, the San Francisco district attorney. Suddenly Lizzie's privileged, upper-crust life is shadowed by danger and intrigue-as she's trapped between her lover and her husband while they battle for control of the city. "Offbeat, unruly characters and vibrant atmosphere spill over the pages of this promising first novel set in San Francisco during Prohibition... Bootlegging, the Tong Wars, smoky speakeasies, inept mobsters, and the Teapot Dome scandal zigzag through these pages like streaks of lightning. The Jazz Era leaps to life." -Publishers Weekly

Young Houdini The Magician's Fire

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Young Houdini The Magician's Fire by Simon Nicholson Book Summary:

The world's most famous magician. But before his name became legend, who was young Harry Houdini? New York City, 1886. Harry Houdini is just a penniless street urchin dabbling with a few escape tricks. But when a well-known magician goes missing in mysterious circumstances, Harry and his friends, Arthur and Billie, are sucked into a deadly adventure. Now Harry must put all his extraordinary skills into action - not just to solve the mystery - but to stay alive. Because when he falls into the clutches of some of Manhattan's most dangerous villains, his spectacular escapes won't be for show - they'll be a matter of life and death!

Searching for David's Heart

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Searching for David's Heart by Cherie Bennett Book Summary:

When her older brother, David, dies in an accident, Darcy feels responsible for his death. Then she meets the boy who received David's heart in an organ transplant, and learns that life truly does go on.


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Houdini! by Kenneth Silverman Book Summary:

Chronicles the life and career of the legendary Harry Houdini

Modern Day Houdini

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Modern Day Houdini by Bill Shirk,Dick Wolfsie Book Summary:

The world's number one escape artist, Bill Shirk, divulges the secrets behind 25 of his most spectacular escapes.

Poems from the Heart

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Poems from the Heart by David Burkey Book Summary:

This is a book of a collection of poems and songs that were written over about 30 years.

A Plague of Dreamers

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A Plague of Dreamers by Steve Stern,B. Grossman Book Summary:

Three novellas about the Pinch, a forgotten Jewish community in a backwater of Memphis, Tennessee, weave a tapestry of lives scarred by the past and transformed by the promise of assimilation and the sacrifices of preceding generations

Trophies of the Heart

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Trophies of the Heart by Russell Thornberry Book Summary:

Trophies of the Heart is the culmination of the most moving, memorable, and heartfelt hunting stories from the career of one of North America's greatest big game hunters. Thornberry takes us on hunts for the whole range of game the North American continent; however, the focus is on the hunts that had the greatest emotional impact because the greatest trophies of all are the memories that one keeps forever. Trophies of the Heart covers everything from his son's first hunt, to zany and wild stories of taking hunters out to guide. In the tradition of Peter Capstick's stories of the hunting world of Africa, Thornberry has a unique ability to give the reader insights into the hows and whys of big game hunting, while relating all of this in short story fashion.

Hoof Prints on My Heart

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Hoof Prints on My Heart by Mitzy Tait-Zeller Book Summary:

Hoof Prints on My Heart is a poignant and heartwarming recollection of the authors experiences with horses, her own and those she came in contact with over the last thirty two years. Her horse experiences shared with family and friends are fondly remembered from a now experienced heart and often in a humorous light. From a wee girl madly in love with horses to the horsewoman she is today she recalls the humor, the heartbreak and the obstacles that could not deter her love of the equine species. Her dreams and goals change as her horse and life experiences evolve. Mount up and ride with the author on the backs of the horses that have left hoof prints on her heart.

The Journal of Psychohistory

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The Journal of Psychohistory by N.A Book Summary:

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Houdini and Other Masters of Magic

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Houdini and Other Masters of Magic by Janis L. Fortman Book Summary:

Highlights the lives and careers of magicians Doug Henning, Robert-Houdin, John Henry Anderson, Alexander Herrmann, and Houdini.

The Girl in the Next Room

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The Girl in the Next Room by Ki Longfellow Book Summary:

Stapleton, Staten Island. Holding on to the rest of New York by a ferryboat, it's not the kind of place where a real Private Eye would live. But Sam Russo does. In Good Dog, Bad Dog, he and his dog Jane barely missed gruesome deaths. That's twice now. The 1949 Kentucky Derby is about to run. Sam, who counts out his life by Derbies, has his seat by the radio all picked out. He'll be listening with Jane and his new friend Holly. Holly lives right next door to him in a room as shabby as his. She's a man. He's a woman. Sam doesn't care. He likes Holly. Jane likes Holly. She's the best thing Sam has if he doesn't count the love of his life, Jane. Or Mrs. Willingford-who's married to a rich someone else. Everything's set for the Derby until a rare and classy Lagonda rolls through Stapleton. Getting into that Lagonda, Holly's turned the worst trick of her life and threatened to ruin Sam's in the bargain. When the girl in the next room disappears, Russo and Jane find themselves lost in sordid world of hidden mansions, a twisted social club, and high society secrets.

Shadow Roll

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Shadow Roll by Ki Longfellow Book Summary:

It's 1948. We're on Staten Island where no one who is anyone would ever set foot. We're with Sam Russo, a neglected graduate of the Staten Island Home for Children. Self-named and self-styled, Russo's not long back from World War II where his unit fought on the Pacific Front with the very last of America's mounted troops. A dreamer with the gift of gab, Russo is now a young private eye who'd like to follow in the hard-boiled footsteps of Bogart's Philip Marlowe or Bogart's Sam Spade-if only he was hard-boiled. In this, his first serious case, it's a dream come true. Sam has two loves: racehorses and books. Now he's up to his hocks in the murders of three promising young jockeys in Saratoga Springs at America's oldest race track. The police want it all shoved under the carpet, the track wants three deaths to be three strange accidents, Sam Russo wants to prove he's a real Private Eye. Race horses, a gorgeous sassy dame, the Season at Saratoga, what more could a PI want? To survive it.


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Houdini by Bernard C. Meyer Book Summary:

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Good Dog, Bad Dog

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Good Dog, Bad Dog by Ki Longfellow Book Summary:

Sam Russo, Private Eye, is back, after hotfooting it around America's oldest and classiest racetrack in Shadow Roll, the case that saw him chasing the killer of three promising jockeys. Shadow Roll brought him two good things: a yodeling dog named Jane, and an upper crust sharp-tongued dame called Mrs. Willingford. Now he's home again, in his one room fourth floor walk-up on Staten Island. Not much doing but going to the movies, lying in bed reading crime novels, and laying low with Jane. That first big case flattened him, shook his outlook on life. Getting a taste of real killings was bad enough to make small town detecting look good. As long as his dime doesn't run out. But dimes always run out. All it takes is a knock on the door for Sam and Jane to find themselves careening along naughty gaudy Broadway, in and out of one high-stepping star-studded show after another, in hot pursuit of a giant killer.

The Man who Killed Houdini

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The Man who Killed Houdini by Don Bell Book Summary:

On October 22, 1926, Montreal student J. Gordon Whitehead stepped into Harry Houdini's dressing room and sucker-punched the legendary magician and illusionist. Nine days later, Houdini was dead, victim of a ruptured appendix; meanwhile, J. Gordon Whitehead had permanently vanished from the public eye. What happened to the man who threw the fatal punches? Was it an accident or foul play? Who were the two witnesses to the incident, how much did they know, and how does a stolen book fit into the picture? Don Bell spent twenty years tracking clues to the mysterious Whitehead--a quest that took him across Canada and overseas. With flair and wit, Bell's true-life detective story describes the chase, gradually building a riveting profile of the man who killed Houdini and unearthing some troubling suggestions that Houdini's death may not have been an accident. Includes never-before-published material * A photograph of J. Gordon Whitehead * The affidavits of Whitehead and the only two witnesses to his altercation with Houdini * New information about Whitehead, including a criminal past * Extensive interviews with friends and relatives of Whitehead, the two witnesses, and others connected to the event * Photographs of the students who were present when Houdini was punched * The first confirmation from "the second witness", Jacques Price, that he saw the fatal blows * More than 20 photos "[Don Bell] decided to track down the Montrealer who dealt Houdini's fatal blow. And he came away with a book full of surprises..." --National Public RadioDon Bell, aka The Bookman, was a writer and antiquarian book dealer who lived in Montreal, Paris and Sutton, Quebec. A recipient of a National Magazine Award, he also received the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour in 1972 for Saturday Night at the Bagel Factory (M&S). Don Bell's column, Founde Bookes, appeared in Books in Canada until he died in 2003.


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Houdini by Clinton Cox Book Summary:

This biography of famed magician and illusionist Harry Houdini explores how he carried out his amazing feats and exposes the secrets behind many of Houdini's tricks. The author cites Houdini's brilliance, physical dexterity, and wild imagination as factors that made him a true master of illusion. Photos.

Houdini Houdini

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Houdini Houdini by Lynn Luria-Sukenick Book Summary:

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Crackpots by Sara Pritchard Book Summary:

When we first meet Ruby Reese she’s a spunky kid in a cowgirl hat, tap dancing her way through a slightly off-kilter 1950s childhood. With an insomniac mother and a demolitions-expert father, her entire family is what the residents of her small town would call "a bunch of crackpots." Despite the dramas of her upbringing, Ruby matures into a creative, introspective, and wholly beguiling woman. But her adulthood is marked by complex relationships and romantic missteps -- three unsuitable marriages, dramatic crushes, the complicated love between siblings. As Sara Pritchard deftly guides us through Ruby's story, from the present to the past and back again, a portrait of a remarkably resilient woman emerges. Suffused with humor and melancholy, imagination and insight, Crackpots heralds the debut of a skilled and sensitive storyteller.

100 Classic Houdini Tricks You Can Do

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100 Classic Houdini Tricks You Can Do by Joseph Dunninger Book Summary:

A brief review of the careers of Dunninger and Houdini prefaces illustrations and explanations of card-conjuring and thought-reading tricks and other mystifiers