Erich Weisz became one of history’s most famous magicians under his stage name – Harry Houdini!



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FICTION


Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
When Alice disappeared down the rabbit hole, she fell into an almost unbelievable new world. Is it an illusion?

Enigma by Graeme Base
Help a young badger break a code and find missing magical items, in this mystery taking place at Bertie’s grandfather’s residence, a retirement home for magicians. Includes a built-in decoder.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering the thirty-nine clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family's power, but by taking on the clues, they end up in a dangerous race against their own family.

Art Auction Mystery by Anna Nilsen
Sixteen famous paintings have been stolen and replaced with clever forgeries. The reader must compare the paintings in the book to figure out which ones are real and which are fakes!

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.

NON-FICTION


Escape! : the story of the great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
The story of the famous magician comes to life through a review of his greatest tricks and most amazing feats, complete with index, photos, and author's notes.

Now You See It, Now You Don't : The Amazing World of Optical Illusions by Seymour Simon
This classic book on optical illusions explores why you can’t always believe your eyes! More than eighty illustrations -- plus eight full-color pages of optical illusions.



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NON-FICTION


Colorful Puzzles for Wise Eyes by Keith Kay
Is that a rabbit—or a duck? Find the king hidden in his castle. The watch seems normal…but is it? There are also riddles, number tricks, word games (nearly 200 puzzles in all) each with its own eye-teasing color illustration.

Look-Alikes by Joan Steiner
Try to identify the everyday objects used to construct twelve three-dimensional scenes in Lookalike Land.

Walter Wick’s Optical Tricks by Walter Wick
This book presents a series of optical illusions and explains what is seen.

MOVIES


Magician’s Secrets [e-flick]
In this 39-minute downloadable video, a professional magician shows how to do table-top tricks for beginning magicians, and gives tips to create your own unique performance.

Jumanji [DVD]
Here’s the movie version of Chris Van Allsburg’s famous book, about two kids who become part of a mysterious game they discover and begin to play.



CryptoKids from National Security Agency
Play some code-breaking games on NSA’s Web site for "America’s Future Codemakers and Codebreakers."

Magic Eye
Can you see the hidden picture? Challenge your eyes with Magic Eye’s Image of the Week!

I Spy
Choose from lots of I Spy games to play online, from the people who produce the I Spy books.