Harry Houdini

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Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

What was Houdini famous for?If it is not clear yet, Houdini was famous for his great escape acts as well as other things. His greatest escapes include: The suspended straitjacket escapeBuried alive stuntSealed milk can escapeand possibly his most famous; The Chinese Water Torture Cell, where he was suspended upside down in a locked glass and steel box flooded with water. Houdini had to hold his breath for 3 minutes.

The 1920's was a time of major change. One area that evolved greatly, due to Harry Houdini, is entertainment which is something most Americans find themselves indulging in for a certain amount of hours each day. One way Harry Houdini impacted the 1920's is by introducing a new, riskier form of magic; escapology. This fascinated the people who were used to magic shows with cards and curtains hiding secrets. Houdini developed the title "The Handcuff King". In addition, Houdini established the Society of American Magicians (SAM). This allowed the weaker, struggling organizations to become a stronger club. By the end of 1916 Houdini had created the richest and strongest organization of magicians in the whole world. Lastly, Harry Houdini proved to be a man of many trades. This made him important to the 1920's because he was a pioneer in many things such as; exposing fraud mediums or psychics, a supposable first flight in Australia, and he also experimented with films. Houdini was the first to prove that there is an enormous paying potential for public risk taking. The 1920's was a time for change and Harry Houdini helped greatly with the introduction to escapology, the rise of magicians everywhere and the peoples' taste in what entertains them drastically evolving.

How did others view Houdini?Many people were skeptics, at first. They claimed Houdini was a fraud, or that he had supernatural powers. Houdini would always take their challenges however, escaping from contraptions that people from the public made and allowing the public to physically interact. Most audience members were left in awe, or disbelief but everyone can agree that Houdini was infact the greatest magician in the 1920's and even now.

“The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.” ~Houdini

Why was Houdini significant to the 1920's?

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( Erik Weisz)

References Dorfeld, Natalie. "Houdini, Harry." The Twenties in America. Ed. Rollyson Carl. Salem Press, 2012. Salem History Web. 28 Apr. 2014. Hull, Tom A. "Harry Houdini." Great Lives from History: The Twentieth Century. Ed. F. Gorman Robert. 10 vols. Salem Press, 2008. Salem History Web. 25 Apr. 2014. Myers, Alice. "Harry Houdini." Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans. Ed. Medoff Rafael. Salem Press, 2011. Salem History Web. 25 Apr. 2014.

How did Houdini die?Houdini died on October 31st 1926. He was 56 years old. His cause of death was Peritonitus which was developed by his burst appendix. His appendix ruptured due to a College student who punched Houdini unexpectedly in the abdomen.



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