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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini”.

Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski enters the world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans in an immersive, entertaining, and magical work on the illusionist’s impact on American culture—and why his legacy endures to this day.

Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burials. Close to a century after his death, nearly every person in America knows his name from a young age, capturing their imaginations with his death-defying stunts and daring acts. He inspired countless people, from all walks of life, to find something magical within themselves.

This is a book about a man and his extraordinary life, but it is also about the people who he has inspired in death. As Joe Posnanski delves into the deepest corners of Houdini-land, visiting museums (one owned by David Copperfield), attractions, and private archives, he encounters a cast of unforgettable and fascinating characters: a woman who runs away from home to chase her dream of becoming a magician; an Italian who revives Houdini’s most famous illusion every night; a performer at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles who calls himself Houdini’s Ghost; a young boy in Australia who, one day, sees an old poster and feels his life change; and a man in Los Angeles whose sole mission in life has been to keep the legend’s name alive.

Both a personal obsession and an odyssey of discovery, Posnanski draws inspiration from his lifelong passion for and obsession with magic, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to examine Harry Houdini’s life and legacy. This is the ultimate journey to uncover why this magic man endures, and what he still has to teach the world about wonder.

“Enthralling . . . This is a first-class book, a subtle stretching of the biographical form that is also superbly readable.”

—The Times (London)

“Whatever mystical inspiration drew Joe Posnanski to the story of Harry Houdini, readers will be forever grateful. Joe’s writing about the mysterious and mythical magician is touched by its own stunning magic.”

—David Maraniss, author of A Good American Family

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Jeff McBride – Magician

Jeff McBride – New York City

I was a regular at Jackie Flosso’s magic shop on 34th Street. My friend Jeff Sheridan, conjurer introduced me to the magic community. I use to perform as a mime artist and could relate to magic.

I had an opportunity to do some head shots for then upcoming magician Jeff McBride. He now heads up a school for magic in Las Vegas and performs worldwide with his shows “Abracadazzle” and “Magic at the Edge“.

2015.10.013_McBride.--3Jeff McBride promotional shot by Jim R Moore.

2015.10.013_McBride.-Jeff McBride promotional shot by Jim R Moore.

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From Jeff McBride’s Website

A foremost innovator and among magic’s most exciting performers, Jeff McBride combines mask, martial arts, kabuki theatre, world class sleight-of-hand, myths & stories from around the world, grand illusion – and more – to create electrifying performances that thrill a wide range of audiences.

Founder of the McBride Magic & Mystery School, McBride is an accomplished creative consultant, teacher and lecturer, in addition to his amazing capabilities as a performer. He continues to travel the world performing and teaching, building an extensive network of contacts in the magic, performing arts, corporate theater and academic worlds who share his enthusiasm for all things magical.

Jeff McBride’s website can be reached here.

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