ESCAPE KING: The Story of Harry Houdini by John Ernst

ESCAPE KING: The Story of Harry Houdini

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Filling in with some perfunctory bits of biographical background, Ernst describes some of Houdini's more spectacular escapes and offers at the end--though ""many of Houdini's secrets were buried with him""--a few general clues as to how he managed them: ability to half-swallow and bring up objects, muscle control, manual dexterity even in his toes, and above all grinding effort. The subject recommends itself where book baiting is in order; Ernst's contribution is minimal.

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 1975
Publisher: Prentice-Hall