I'm looking for the title of a book I read as a kid in the 60s/70s. It's about a teenage boy who's fascinated with magic and Harry Houdini, and develops his magical powers with Houdini's help.

I just found the book ---Black and Blue Magic. It's about a 12 year old kid named after Harry Houdini, and he grows wings through use of a magic potion. I highly recommend this for young adults.


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The title is Black and Blue Magic by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

"You'd think that someone with a name like Harry Houdini Marco would be deft and skillful, but Harry could only occasionally catch even an easy fly ball without making some dumb error. On top of that, most of his friends' families were moving to the suburbs. It would have been a long, dreary summer, but then a Mr. Mazeeck showed up and turned out to be more than he seemed."

Black and Blue Magic

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    Congrats on finding it and thanks for sharing the answer! Dec 23, 2013 at 15:53
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    Dec 29, 2013 at 16:22

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