Daily Archives: September 24, 2012

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (09/24/12)

On Wednesday of last week, during a conversation about our respective current writing projects, my husband semi-off-handedly mentioned that maybe a historical fiction based around magician and debunker David P. Abbott might be interesting. But of course it would! Why hadn’t I thought of it?! Am I procrastinating the rewrites I should be finishing up on Luck for Hire? But of course I am!

Thus, a plan has been born. I will finish up Luck for Hire rewrites by the end of October. In November, I’ll do the NaNoWriMo thing and generate some prose on the Abbott book. In the meantime, I’m going to do research on turn of the 20th century magicians and Omaha during that time period.

This Week I’m Reading:

The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards by Jim Steinmeyer

Here is the seminal biography of the magician’s magician, Howard Thurston, a man who surpassed Houdini in the eyes of showmen and fans and set the standard fro how stage magic is performed today.

Everyone knows Houdini-but who was Thurston? In this rich, vivid biography of the “greatest magician in the world,” celebrated historian of stage magic Jim Steinmeyer captures the career and controversies of the wonder-worker extraordinaire, Howard Thurston.
(Goodreads)

Found this available through the Greater Phoenix Digital Library. Not about Abbot, but about two of the major personages of his day.