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Hope this is the right place to ask this. Can anyone here recomend any good books on the life of Howard Thurston? I was looking through some old magic magazines and read a couple of articals about him. Don't know why he sticks out in my mind more than others but I would like to read more about him. Thanks for any help.

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There is a book by George Boston that has a section on Howard and Harry Thurston...
Its an old book, but lots of good info.
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James
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Thnaks James, I will look for that book.

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The book is called INSIDE MAGIC, by George Boston, and was published in 1947 by the Beechurst Press. It's a good back-of-the-house look at various large full-evening shows.

A quick search on the Advanced Book Exchange, a used book database, shows 9 copies available at various used bookstores around the country, at pretty good prices. See http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear......sortby=2

Good Luck! SETHB
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Thanks SethB for the link. It is a good place to go.

Thank you

Steven
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Howard Thurston released his own bio called Our Magic. It was reported to have been written by himself, and Jane.
It can be found in the used market, but is pretty rare. There was also another book that came out several years ago. I do not remember the title, but contact Phil Temple, he offers quite a bit of material on his web site.
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Thanks 61magic, I will do just that. Don't really know why the intrest in Thurstone other than learning more of the history of the greats.

Thanks

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If you want some real hardcore information on Thurston, get a hold of "Jarrett"....
Guy Jarrett was involved with Howard Thurston in one way or another for much of his career, and ultimately didn't have very nice things to say about him, but if you want a Thurston perspective that a bio written by his wife probably wouldn't offer, Jarrett will certainly give it to you.

"The Complete Jarrett" is available on Jim Steinmeyers website. Steinmeyer did the annotations to Jarrett's original book.
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Thanks silverking. I will look into that.

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Thurston's biography was called, "My Life of Magic". I found my copy on ebay. There is also a set of 2 Volumes on Thurston that I think were written by Robert Olsen, I think. I don't have them in front of me so I can't tell you the name. If you can get a hold of The Howard Thurston Illusion Show Workbooks there are some amazing photographs of Thurston, Jarret and others, and ALL of his illusions.
The Jarrett Book has already been mentioned, it's well worth it!
I do think there was another Thurston bio by his daughter Jane, not sure what that one was called, it might have been Our Life of Magic, not sure.
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The book that Phil Temple put out in 1989 was called OUR LIFE OF MAGIC. Thurston's book was called MY LIFE OF MAGIC. The Temple book is out of print.
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Thanks for the posts. I am going to Seattle this weekend and will look for the books at the magic shop.

Thanks

Steven
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