Harry Houdini Essay

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Houdini would have been nobody if not for his multiple notable escapes. “In 1901, Houdini introduces his own original act, the Milk Can Escape. In this act, Houdini would be handcuffed and sealed inside an oversized milk can filled with water and make his escape behind a curtain.” (3a) Houdini’s acts were always very creative and he always had amazing intricate performances. Acts like his Chinese Water Torture Cell especially gained a lot of popularity. “In this escape, Houdini’s feet would be locked in stocks and he would be lowered upside down into a tank filled with water. “(3B) People admired his tricks so much that they even tried to imitate them, but never prevailed. “The performance was so daring and such a crowd please that it remained in his act until his death.”(2C) Though many tried to imitate the Chinese Water Torture Cell Act it remained one of Houdini’s most famous performances. Another notable escape act that Houdini used to perform was the Suspended Strait Jacket. “One of Houdini’s most popular publicity stunts was to have himself strapped into a regulation strait jacket and suspended by his ankles.” (3C) Houdini was an incredible crowd pleaser. He was able to perform his stunts in front of people and still stay confident and perform well. “Houdini was able to perform these feats by keeping in excellent physical and mental health.” (1C) this is important because if Harry wasn’t as fit as he was and didn’t train as hard, he wouldn’t have been as good. Sometimes Harry Houdini’s stunts took a turn for the deadly.”Houdini was buried, without a casket, in a pit of earth six feet deep. He became exhausted and panicky trying to dig his way to the surface and calling for help” (3D) Often Houdini’s stunts were very daring and dangerous. This particular stunt nearly cost him his life! While Harry Houdini was very hardworking and creative, performing

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