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Last Greatest Magician in the World

Last Greatest Magician in the World
The Last Greatest Magician in the World, published by Tarcher / Penguin, is Jim's biography of Howard Thurston, America's great from the early 20th century. Thurston's story is one of the most remarkable in show business, spanning side show platforms, touring shows in covered wagons through mining towns in the American west, to vaudeville, music hall, and Broadway. His "Wonder Show of the Universe" was one of the most remarkable magic shows in all of history, and Thurston was renowned as one of the greats. His relationship with Harry Houdini, sometimes a friend and sometimes an enemy, provides an interesting subtext to examine the different styles of magic, and Thurston's tumultuous career. Publishers' Weekly wrote: "An engaging biography of the man Orson Welles called 'the master.' Steinmeyer recovers, from the shadows, a figure whose grandiose productions were an American institution for almost 30 years." The Wall Street Journal: "Few historians of magic are as qualified as Jim Steinmeyer. The book vividly conjures up Howard Thurstonís troubled life and great illusions."
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