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The magical life of Long Tack Sam /
Ann Marie Fleming.
edition
1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed.
imprint
New York : Riverhead Books, 2007.
description
170 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1594482640, 9781594482649
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Riverhead Books, 2007.
isbn
1594482640
9781594482649
catalogue key
6426089
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 168-169).
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-01-01:
Like the linking-rings magic trick, two stories intertwine: Long Tack Sam's around-the-world life and the transcontinental crusade of his great-granddaughter author Fleming to reanimate him. Relatives and magicians from America to mainland China opened doors for her, uncovered memorabilia, and spun yarns. Trained in China as a magician and acrobat around the turn of the 20th century, Long immigrated to Europe, married an Austrian beauty, and then took American vaudeville by storm. Rubbing elbows with Cary Grant, Jack Benny, and George Burns (who later confirmed Long's skill to Fleming), Long knew everyone and turned up everywhere but refused to act in Hollywood movies because only villainous and despicable character roles were offered to Asians at the time. Thus his story dropped from public knowledge as vaudeville ended. In what amounts to a colorful collage--postcards, clippings, photos, handbills, letters, cartoons, and Fleming's own cheery sketches of Stickgirl--Fleming carries their stories through two world wars, turbulent international politics, and Asian racism. That both Long and Fleming triumphed despite incredible barriers is the real happy ending. Fleming is an independent filmmaker, and this graphic novel is based on her 2003 award-winning, feature-length documentary. Her captivating and moving scrapbook-style portrait is recommended for teen and adult collections.--M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Booklist, August 2007
Washington Post, October 2007
Boston Globe, December 2007
San Francisco Chronicle, December 2007
Library Journal, January 2008
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Long Description
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.
Main Description
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. Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.
Main Description
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.

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