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HOUDINI
The Great Houdini was the legendary double-jointed magician who specialized in escaping from straitjackets, chains, handcuffs, ropes, trunks, jails, padlocked containers and milk cans underwater. He was a master of publicity stunts and famous for demystifying spiritualists and proving they were frauds. Houdini DIED on HALLOWEEN, in 1926! The Great Houdini was the legendary double-jointed magician who specialized in escaping from straitjackets, chains, handcuffs, ropes, trunks, jails, padlocked containers and milk cans underwater. He was a master of publicity stunts and famous for demystifying spiritualists and proving they were frauds. Houdini DIED on HALLOWEEN, in 1926! The Great Houdini was the legendary double-jointed magician who specialized in escaping from straitjackets, chains, handcuffs, ropes, trunks, jails, padlocked containers and milk cans underwater. He was a master of publicity stunts and famous for demystifying spiritualists and proving they were frauds. Houdini DIED on HALLOWEEN, in 1926!
THE GREAT HOUDINI BIOGRAPHY
1874-1926
 
The Great Houdini was the legendary double-jointed magician who specialized in escaping from straitjackets, chains, handcuffs, ropes, trunks, jails, padlocked containers and milk cans underwater. He was a master of publicity stunts and famous for demystifying spiritualists and proving they were frauds. Houdini DIED on HALLOWEEN, in 1926!
 
Harry Houdini, was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary. He and his family emigrated to the U.S. and was obsessed with magic. At 17 years old, he took the stage name of "Houdini" and became a trapeze and vaudeville performer.
 
At the age of 20, Houdini married Bess, his stage partner. In around 1900, Harry became nationally known for extremely daring escapes from locked boxes, padlocked containers and chests, while handcuffed and tied up. He began using the local police as publicity stunts to escape from their handcuffs. He would bring police officers on stage to examine the handcuffs and his other props for authenticity. Houdini was double-jointed and able to dislocate his joints to free himself from ropes and chains. Houdini hid lock picks in his hair and body to pick the locks. He was known for being held upside down in a straitjacket while locked up and also thrown in a river while chained up and still managing to escape.
 
In 1908, Houdini added his original invention The Milk Can to his act. He immersed himself in the can, which was filled with water, while handcuffed and invited the audience to hold their breath along with him. He escaped from this dangerous stunt to screaming crowds.
 
After his mother died in 1913, Houdini became obsessed with making contact with her. He realized that all spiritualists were frauds and set out to expose and demystify spiritualists and prove they were frauds.
 
The Great Houdini's most famous escape was the amazing Chinese Water Torture Cell. This dangerous stunt had Houdini held UPSIDE DOWN down in a cell full of water, with his feet were locked up. Houdini was able to hold his breath for 3 minutes while escaping and wowing the crowds.
 
In 1926, Houdini sat in his dressing room after a show in Montreal. A student asked him if it was true that Houdini could get hit in the stomach and avoid injury. Houdini said yes, but before having his muscles fully prepared, the student hit him, which caused abdominal pain. Houdini's appendix was injured, which turned into peritonitis. On October 24, 1926, Houdini fell ill at his show in Detroit.
 
Despite the Hollywood legends that Houdini died in the Chinese Water Torture Cell, he actually died from a ruptured appendix.  The Great Houdini DIED on HALLOWEEN - October 31, 1926.
 
 
 
 
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