Houdini: The Handcuff King

Houdini: The Handcuff King

Jason Lutes

This graphic novel shows us just a small snippet into the life of Houdini.  I’ve always had a little obsession with this man.  I love the way he led his life, his bravery and his dedication to every aspect of his life.  Most of all, I adored the way he loved his wife.  His fascination with the occult and afterlife didn’t hurt either.  This story focuses on his relationship with the audience, the press and his wife.  I thought it was very well done.

It’s short, but it is interesting.  After the story, there is this really cool bit where certain pages are featured and details are examined more closely.  For example, the author explains why reporters had to call in with their article (no internet or texting here!).  Other aspects, such as how his tricks are portrayed in the story, are explained as well.

I thought this graphic novel about the man we know as the greatest magician to ever live was well done, entertaining and informative.  I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read, especially about Houdini.

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