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I think I might have seen something on TV once about that rivalry. If I recall rightly, it was Houdini's showmanship that put him over the top.weirsdo
The Ellusionist blog has a post on this book and a video interview with Steinmeyer. It also has a link to WSJ review. It's pretty interesting ..."As Sullivan [WSJ] wrote, it’s clear Steinmeyer thinks Houdini won. Because, as he states in this video, Houdini didn’t really seek to be a magician. Though Houdini succeeded at becoming a legend and household name, it wasn’t for his career as a performing magician."http://blog.ellusionist.com/new-book-thurston-won-the-contest-against-houdini/
I like the old posters. I also like reading about the freak shows from times past. The "freaks" really were not treated badly, the way the general public tends to believe. They were performers. It gave them a chance to have a job.
I like the old posters too. Movies like "Elephant Man" contributed to the freak-show stereotype.
Thanks. That was interesting.
Hobbes, it was my pleasure!
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