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The Magical Life of Harry Houdini

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  • 1. The Magical Life of Harry Houdini
  • 2. Harry Houdini (his stage name) was born in Budapest in1874. He grew up Jewish and his father was a Rabbi. He was not only a magician but also an illusionist and stunt performer. His favorite trick was doing escape acts. When he was 9 years old he was a trapeze artist. He challenged police to keep him locked up, and handcuffed allowing him to become a master at escaping. He published a book, The Unmasking of Robert Houdin. His magic career began in 1891 and he worked up to performing escape acts. His wife,Bess, worked with him as his assistant. His later tricks involved Chinese water torture cell and buried alive trick. His last performance was that of being strapped in a straightjacket, sealed in a casket and then buried in a large tank filled with sand and once again he escaped. He did have an agreement with his wife that after he died, he would communicate with her by the message, "Rosabelle believe". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini

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