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Abracadabra Kid : A Writer's Life

ISBN-10: 0688158552
ISBN-13: 9780688158552
Edition: N/A
Authors: Sid Fleischman
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Description: The man with the spats rolled up his sleeves and proceeded to pluck a polished red billiard ball out of thin air. Presto! It vanished. Abracadabra! It reappeared. It turned white. it blushed red again. VoiI! Suddenly there were four billiard balls  More...

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Book details

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

The man with the spats rolled up his sleeves and proceeded to pluck a polished red billiard ball out of thin air. Presto! It vanished. Abracadabra! It reappeared. It turned white. it blushed red again. VoiI! Suddenly there were four billiard balls between this amazing man's fingers. I was stunned. All of this was happening right under my nose. And there was more. He flipped the deck into falling waterfalls of cards, spun them into fans, and thrust a sword through a shower of cards to impale the seven of diamonds -- selected a moment before. I was dazzled. The moment he finished his act and ushered us gawkers back onto the sidewalk, I knew what I wanted to be. Someone else could be president of the United States. I wanted to be a magician.

Sid Fleischman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1920 but grew up in San Diego, California. He had always loved all things magical and toured professionally as a magician until the beginning of World War II. Fleischman served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and after the war, he went to college. After graduation, Fleischman got a job as a reporter with the San Diego Daily Journal. He stayed there until the paper folded in 1950. He started writing because his own children often wondered what their Daddy did. To show them how he created stories, he wrote them a book. Fleischman has been writing books and screenplays for almost fifty years. In 1987, his book "The Whipping Boy" won the Newberry Award. Fleischman's son Paul has followed in his father's footsteps and become a well known children's author just like his dad.

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