February 22, 2017

The first great magician

The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician
by Gail Jerrow

Harry Kellar was once so well-known that he was depicted as the wizard in L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900. 

Author Gail Jerrow traces Kellar's career from magician's assistant to world-class illusionist in this definitive biography. She keeps the twelve chapters relatively short, making the trip though magical history much more palatable than the previous books of magic that I have read. The story is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of numerous black-and-white photos and full-colour reproductions of Kellar's promotional posters.

An appealing book for anyone interested in magic, spiritualism, and séances.

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