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Sid Fleischman

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Sid Fleischman
BornAlbert Sidney Fleischman
March 16, 1920
Brooklyn, New York
DiedMarch 19, 2010 (age 90)
Sid Fleischman (1920 - 2010) was a Newbery Medal-winning author of children's books.

Before becoming an author, Fleischman was a professional magician, served in the U.S. Naval Reserve on the USS Albert T. Harris (DE-447) a destroyer escort in World War II, and was a reporter for the San Diego Daily Journal until it folded in 1950. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1949.

The 1962 lighthearted tale of an Old West traveling magician and his family, "Mr. Mysterious & Company," sold to the first publishing house that read it, launching Fleischman into a long and much-honored career as a children's book author.

In addition to writing children's books, Fleischman did work for the Children's Television Workshop, writing the Bloodhound Gang mysteries for 3-2-1 Contact as well as serving as a consultant for the Mathnet mysteries on Square One TV.

He wrote extensively for motion pictures, including Blood Alley (with John Wayne), The Whipping Boy (with George C. Scott) and many others based on his novels.

One of his latest books included "Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini".


Fleischman received the Literary Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts in 2002.


  • Sophisticated Sorcery (1935) (with Robert J. Gunther)
  • Between Cocktails (1939)
  • Call the Witness (1943) (with Robert J. Gunther)
  • The Blue Bug (1947) (with Robert J. Gunther)
  • Top Secrets (1947) (with Robert J. Gunther)
  • Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini (2006)


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