visión de conjunto:Críticas * A first-rate visual presentation accompanies a fascinating biography of the first dean of the Society of American Magicians a man Houdini regarded as a mentor. . . . Dozens of spectacular Kellar posters along with a dramatic book design nicely support this well-constructed look at a consummate showman. (timeline bibliography annotated sources) --Kirkus Reviews starred review * This book draws readers in. . . . An excellent example of nonfiction that is readable visually appealing and well researched. --School Library Journal starred review Reseña del editor Presenting the amazing Harry Kellar! The first magician to receive international fame! The most well-known illusionist at the turn of the twentieth century! The model for the Wizard of Oz! Author Gail Jarrow follows Kellar from a magician's assistant traveling and performing across the United States during the Civil War to an international superstar with a show of his own entertaining emperors kings and presidents. Jarrow uses Kellar's own words and images his amazing four-color promotional posters to tell his riveting story in this first Kellar biography for young readers. And she reveals the science behind Kellar's illusions and explores nineteenth-century entertainment and transportation as well as the history of magic spiritualism and seances. Biografía del autor Gail Jarrow is the author of The Printer's Robert H. Jackson and Lincoln's Flying Spies all for Calkins Creek. Her articles and stories have appeared in Highlights Cricket Muse Spider and Cobblestone. A graduate of Duke University and Dartmouth College Gail has taught in grades four to eight. She lives in Ithaca New York.