Books: Illusionist

MY LIFE OF MAGIC—Howard Thurston —Dorrance ($2.50).

For 40 years Thurston, successor to the late great Kellar, has been extracting rabbits from the collars of old gentlemen's overcoats, smashing expensive watches, bisecting young girls, making them disappear, float in the air. He has had three challenges (in foreign countries) from young men whom he humiliated in public by demonstrating that they concealed a duck on their persons. He began with $00.25, and now has a home on Long Island. In this book he tells his adventures as a showman.

At ten, he ran away...

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