Young Victor is the ultimate wannabe Houdini, although his failed attempts at recreating his idol’s famous feats of magic escaping from locked trunks, walking through walls have driven his mum to send him off to his aunt. So when Victor happens to meet a conjuror in a train station, it feels like just the opportunity he has been waiting for – to garner some trade secrets from a real professional. When Victor finally receives a letter inviting him to Houdini’s house, he arrives only to learn that his hero has died, but still – his widow gifts Victor with a small box. What secret from beyond the grave does the box conceal, and will Victor ever open it… ? Brian Seltzer’s black-and-white etchings and economical language bring the enigmatic Houdini fully to life, in a tale for which your children will gladly suspend their disbelief.