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Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it.

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To cause the face to appear in a mass of flame make use of the following: mix together thoroughly pe ...

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Eating coals of fire has always been one of the sensational feats of the Fire Kings, as it is quite ...

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A common pickpocket trick is for the operator to carry a shawl or overcoat carelessly over the left ...

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But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistants to secrecy, hono ...

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But it must not be thought that I say this out of personal experience: for in the many years that I ...

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No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.

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I am a great admirer of mystery and magic. Look at this life - all mystery and magic.

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In all feats of fire-eating it should be noted that the head is thrown well back, so that the flame ...

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Fire has always been and, seemingly, will always remain, the most terrible of the elements.

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The great day of the Fire-eater - or, should I say, the day of the great Fire-eater - has passed.

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My chief task has been to conquer fear. The public sees only the thrill of the accomplished trick; t ...

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Anyone who believes in magic is a fool.

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How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear, and if there were ever ...

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It is still an open question, however, as to what extent exposure really injures a performer.

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It is needless to say that women make the most patient as well as the most dangerous pickpockets.

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