Harry Kellar is acknowledged as one of the greatest names in American magic but how did he rise to the pinnacle of his field? By combining Mike Caveney’s experience as a biographer of magicians (The Great Leon, Carter the Great and Servais Le Roy) and the vast resources of his Egyptian Hall museum with Bill Miesel’s thirty years of research into the life of Harry Kellar, the complete story has now been told.
Kellar’s life reads like a Hollywood movie script complete with wild Indians, Mexican bandits, harrowing shipwrecks, exotic diseases and tragic deaths. His career carried him through the rough and tumble camps of South Africa’s diamond mines to the royal palaces of Queens, Sultans and Emperors.
As the story unfolds you will meet Robert Heller, Alexander and Adelaide Herrmann, Charles Carter, Howard Thurston, Harry Houdini, Chung Ling Soo, David Devant, Floyd Thayer, John Nevil Maskelyne, the Martinka brothers, Theo Bamberg, Buatier DeKolta, Guy Jarrett, Charles Morritt and dozens of others who helped shape the history of magic.
Here also is a behind the scenes peek at some of magic’s greatest illusions: The Blue Room, Flyto, The Mascot Moth, OH!, The Gone Chair, Psycho, The Queen of Roses, Will the Witch and the Watchman and Kellar’s legendary levitation of Princess Karnac.
Kellar’s Wonders is the largest book yet in our award-winning series of Magical Pro-Files. Lavishly illustrated with photographs, playbills, programs, advertisements and diagrams plus forty-five rare Kellar posters reproduced in full color. Limited to 1,000 numbered copies.