Harry Houdini: Unlocking the mystery
No Locks could hold him, no tomb could keep him, no audience could resist him. Harry Houdini was the greatest magician and escape artist of all time taking his audience on a heart-stopping rides with his superhuman stunts and death-defying feats more than just a normal magician with a bag of politics who was a larger than life personality the likes of which the world had never seen brashly challenging his audience to find a restraint, any restraint that could hold him. But nothing could hold Harry Houdini and no one knew how he did it until 2004 when a unique auction of Houdini’s magic memorabilia offered the faithful and the curious glimpse of the secrets he left behind.
Harry Houdini: His Performances
Houdini frequently put himself in dangers, in fact, it was the hallmark of his act, the famous milk can escape actually entombed him in water for seeming the impossible length of time. Among the entertainers was Harry Houdini performing 9 to 14 shows a day with the tiny and nimble best. Metamorphosis was their signature act and Houdini was constantly refining it. When he began inviting audience members to restrain him with handcuffs he discovered a novel twist. It would launch him from the dime museums onto the World Stage.
Wherever he went Houdini electrified audience but his biggest and most daring stunts laid just ahead. Between 1890 and 1920, 12 million people arrived in America from every corner of the globe seeking in better lives in cities like New York, working for dangerous or dead end jobs. Many dreamed of escape and Houdini the Escape artist, became the symbol of liberation and had just become the world famous Escape Artist.
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Harry Houdini: Other Projects
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Houdini obsessive pursuit of more challenges and higher stakes was putting him on the perilous path. What more could he do to top his last performance? It seemed no restraint lock or chain could hold Houdini passion foe escape. His most spectacular promotional stunt for his outdoor escapes “The Manacle bridge Escape” where he would have to escape from chains and locks locked in an iron trunk followed by thrown in freezing water.
Houdini was a redefining antic and art of self-promotion always seeking foe a new adventure and bigger headlines. The beginning of the 20th century was the time of rapid growth in the United States. Thomas Edison, Wright brothers, and the US steel were permanently changing the world and Houdini was not the one left behind. In 1916, after a long fascination with motion cameras, he formed a film development company. He was starred in a 15 chapter serial where the master mystery would perform heart-stopping stunts which was a worldwide hit.
Harry Houdini: Greatest Ever
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Houdini was the most famous face of United States later he came up with a Hollywood film “The Grim Game” which was a blockbuster. Houdini career came with the end of the First World War and took him from the entertainment pages to the front page. People went crazy went Houdini made the elephant disappear. In 1926, Houdini began what he described as his farewell tour. He died doing what he loved most, Escaping.
To cause the face to appear in a mass of flame make use of the following mix together thoroughly petroleum, lard, mutton tallow and quick lime. Distil this over a charcoal fire, and the liquid which results can be burned on the face without harm -Harry Houdini
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