The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

[an Illustrated Memoir]

Book - 2007
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A full-colour 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 theatre owner. A world traveller. 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.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2007.
Edition: Riverhead trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781594482649
1594482640
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC BIO LONGTACK SAM Fleming 08/2007
Characteristics: 170 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,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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