...story is scattered over many genres, including mystery, comedy, romance, politics, the supernatural, and magic, with numerous cameo appearances by the biggest names in mid-'60s show biz.
Original caption: The body of the late Harry Houdini arrives in NY from Detroit, where he died.
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by Al Blanchard & Adam Steinfeld
HOUDINI LIVES! in 1966 Miami Beach....alive 40 years past his burial.
It's 1966 and world famous magician, escape artist, Harry Houdini, did not die forty years ago as many people thought, but is planning a dramatic comeback...
by Al Blanchard & Adam Steinfeld
..."historical fantasy, romance and intrique tied into a taut false knot." -Mike Caveney
It's 1966, and world famous magician, escape artist, Harry Houdini, did not die 40 years ago as people thought. He's has been in hiding from his political enemies and is planning a dramatic comeback. Who are these enemies from the 1920's, and why are they still trying to kill him? Can Stanford, the young, hip, up-and-coming magician, and his sultry assistant, Solea, save his life? A magician creates a world of wonder and asks people to believe in that world. It is the highest form of entertainment. What is Houdini's secret identity? Will this be his final illusion? Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare for a tall tale of murder, mystery, romance, and political drama. Houdini lives or dies is only a matter of time.
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HOUDINI LIVES! a novel is a collaboration between New England writer Al Blanchard, (center) & Adam Steinfeld, (left), magician-illusionist, writer-filmmaker, celebrate the completion of their novel. Blanchard is also author of the Steve Asher Mystery Series, the James Callahan Mysteries & a Collection of short stories called 'The Stalker and Other Tales of Love & Murder.
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HARRY HOUDINI, BIO
9) Houdini in watertank, photo 1908.
10) Harry Houdini image in chains 1899
11) Houdini & his wife Bess.
..."A most intriguing and entertaining premise - read the book (Houdini Lives!) before you see the movie that has to follow!"
John Fisher, acclaimed British TV producer, author of CARDINI, the Suave Deceiver & TOMMY COOPER: Always Leave Them Laughing.
...“historical fantasy, romance and intrigue tied into a taut false knot.” - Mike Caveney, mcmagicwords author/publisher of Harry Anderson -WiseGuy, Carter The Great, awarded the John Nevil Maskelyne award for literature by England's Magic Circle.
...."Houdini alive and grooving in the sixties." Wayne Kawamoto, About.com
..."Adam - I enjoyed the book, (Houdini Lives!) very much - it's excellent, reading with an interesting twist - it should be a best seller."
-Sid Radner , foremost authority on Houdini, Hardeen's protégé.
"A new novel, Houdini Lives, asks...what if, Harry Houdini, world famous magician and escape artist, did not die on October 31, 1926." -Tim Quinlin's Inside Magic
...."GREAT!!! Gave me chills!!! -Steven A. Sparks, specializing in Houdiniana
...."is a fun fictional novel that finds Houdini alive and well and living in 1966, Miami Beach."
-John Cox, screenwriter, Houdini buff, webmaster of Houdini-Lives.com
..."this murder mystery features the 1966 return of Harry Houdini, who was thought to have died forty years ago." -Ronald E. Gray, Houdini in a Milk Can
"Houdini Lives! novel is destined for greatness, I can easily visualize it as a feature-film" Dr. Mark Horowitz
..."not since the likes of Isaac Bashevis Singer's Pulitzer Prize winning novel "the Magician of Lublin" has there been a story that mixes magic, romance, and religion into a well crafted work of original literature, all set in the cool turbulent 60's.
PHOTO: Renowned magician, comedian, writer, filmmaker Adam Steinfeld (L) joined by magic dancer Debby (R), and writer, Al Blanchard (C) , author of the Steve Asher Mystery series, the James Callahan Mysteries, and a collection of short stories called ‘the Stalker and other Tales of Love & Murder’ celebrate the completion of their novel Houdini Lives! produced magically on stage by Steinfeld at his MagicLive! casino show, in Aruba.
Houdini Lives! a novel, first written as a film-script, in 2002 (working two years over the internet), this final version of the novel completed in August, 2004, then Al past away unexpectedly, in November, just a few months later, in Boston, attending a Mystery Writers conference , this is his 6th novel, & Adam Steinfeld 2nd book.
Blanchard & Steinfeld's novel takes up where Houdini left off, an outstanding, fantastic original idea, a must read! Perfect as a novel, broadway play or feature film.
VIDEO CLIP of two scenes, cameo of novelist Al Blanchand's acting debut in ARUBA: Knock 'em Dead, shot on the tropical island of Aruba in 2003. Adam Steinfeld (in gorilla cage), Evelien Yutte as magicians assistant.