The Amazing Harry Kellar By Gail Jarrow

The Amazing Harry Kellar

Great American Magician


Published by (2012-06-01)

Presenting the amazing Harry Kellar: the first magician to receive international fame and the model for the Wizard of Oz!

In this illustrated biography of the most well-known illusionist at the turn of the twentieth century, 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.

Book Details

Format: Hardcover
Price: 17.95 USD / 17.95 CAD
Published: 2012-06-01
ISBN: 9781590788653
Page Count: 96
Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11-1/4

"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