Harry Houdini In 'Chinese Water Torture Cell,' 1912
Harry Houdini's unbelievable exploits
Magic’s popularity has waxed and waned many times over the years, but in the early 20th century, Harry Houdini represented more than a magician. The mystical escape artist thrilled massive crowds all across the globe with his death-defying tricks and unbelievable escapes.
Despite his larger than life persona, he kept a level head about himself. The man no lock could hold in famously said shortly before his death, “No man is great while he is alive because the last day before his death he might do something that would discount all else of greatness in his career.” Houdini’s greatness enthralled the world so completely, more than a century after, we still talk about his unbelievable exploits.