The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

Graphic Novel - 2007
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A full-color graphic memoir inspired by the award-winning documentary-and the life and mystery of China's greatest magician. Who was Long Tack Sam? He was born in 1885. He ran away from Shangdung Province to join the circus. He was an acrobat. A magician. A comic. An impresario. A restaurateur. A theater owner. A world traveler. An East-West ambassador. A mentor to Orson Welles. He was considered the greatest act in the history of vaudeville. In this gorgeous graphic memoir, his great-granddaughter, the artist and filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, resurrects his fascinating life for the rest of the world. It's an exhilarating testament to a forgotten man. And every picture is true.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2007.
Edition: First Riverhead trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781594482649
Branch Call Number: GN FLEM
Characteristics: 170 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm


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Dec 16, 2017

Truth stranger than fiction by author on her hustling great grandfather surviving against social prejudices in 20th century. She recreated his interesting life from ashes of history.
Long's son forced to wear Hitler Youth uniform in 1930s while in Austria? Surreal.
Long's movie theater expropriated by Communist China?
Long died from medical indifference? Criminal.
Nice of author to show where the family lived scattered around the world.
Excellent companion book to quirky documentary.


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