Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi
(Hyperion, 2007, 96 pages)
Houdini: The Handcuff King is a graphic novel describing Houdini’s 1908 public escape from handcuffs behind his back chained to ankle cuffs after jumping from a bridge in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It portrays Houdini as an arrogant man who worked hard to be the best at his craft. It also shows the importance of his wife Bess as a loving and supportive partner and aide in his “magic.” This well-researched novel includes historical notes about Houdini and the culture of the time. The impressive artwork is in black and white with light blue shading. I learned a lot from this short book and highly recommend it.