The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam: An Illustrated Memoir

The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam: An Illustrated Memoir Review

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.

Title:The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam: An Illustrated Memoir
Edition Language:English

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  • Jamie

    This book is largely kept alive by the fact that the story of Chinese magician Long Tack Sam is so interesting in and of itself. Though listed as a memoir, this is essentially an adaptation of a docum...

  • Dov Zeller

    Ann Marie Fleming dedicates this book to her grandmother Mina, daughter of Chinese performer Long Tack Sam. Long Tack Sam and his Austrian wife Poldi traveled all over the world with their two daughte...

  • Mark

    Trained as a documentary filmmaker, Anne Marie Fleming has created something truly remarkable in The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam: an engrossing “documentary comic” that tells in vivid detail the...

  • Kirsten

    This combination biography/memoir in graphic novel form is a complete delight! Ann Marie Fleming knew vaguely that her great-grandfather, his wife, and his daughters had been somehow involved in show ...

  • Andee Marley

    I read this book at my local Books & Brews last night. A perfect graphic novel to read while secretly people-watching.This book features illustrations, photographs, historical memorabilia, and even a ...

  • Lindsay

    Long Tack Sam's life, or what of it can be deciphered from this graphic novel, was pretty amazing. While the format was visually interesting, it didn't do any favors to cohesion. I do agree with the s...

  • Anina

    The story, which is about the author's grandfather, a Chinese magician, was very interesting. Her drawings were pretty bad though. She admittedly can't draw so I don't understand why she chose to make...

  • Nicole

    This is a wonderful illustrated memoir about a woman's great grandfather - a famous Chinese acrobat - told through the history of the 20th century. It made me think that some of the best stories can b...

  • Doc

    I had no idea who Long Tack Sam was when I picked up this book but considering it says it is an illustrated memoir I figured he was a real person and with cover art like that probably pretty interesti...

  • Arminzerella

    Long Tack Sam was Ann Marie Fleming’s great grandfather. He was a stage and vaudeville magician back in the first half of the 1900s. She pieced his life together from photographs and interviews with...