News Display: Death of Houdini
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 10/02/2012
Uploaded: 10/19/2012
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: News Displays, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program
Tags: e scape artist, Houdini, Magic, stunt

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Description/Abstract: Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz in Budapest in 1874), the greatest magician and escape artist of the 20th century, died on October 31, 1926. Punched by one of his students who was testing the strength of his stomach muscles, Houdini failed to recover from a ruptured appendix at the age 52.

Stories feature Houdini's fame and life in the circus as a trapeze artist and contortionist, showcasing his daring stunts and escapes which relied upon remarkable strength, speed, dexterity, and concentration, rather than upon trickery.