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Harry Houdini - Straight Jacket Escape

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Houdini rope escape. Master magician Harry Houdini (1874-1926) starred in five silent films from 1919 to 1923. The famed illusionist/escape artist also founded his own movie company, the Houdini Picture Corporation.

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Fatal Illusions

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Houdini demonstrates how a photographer could produce fraudulent "spirit photographs" that documented the apparition and social interaction of deceased individuals.

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The gravesite of Harry Houdini

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The gravesite of Harry Houdini

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Houdini and his wife Bess

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Houdini prepares to do the Overboard box escape circa 1912

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Houdini performing the Chinese Water Torture Cell.

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"Handcuff" Harry Houdini, circa 1905

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Poster promoting Houdini taking up the challenge of escaping an "extra strong and large traveling basket"

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Houdini in handcuffs, 1918.

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c. 1907. "My Two Sweethearts". Harry Houdini (1874-1926) with his wife Beatrice (1876-1943) and mother Cecilia Steiner Weiss, half-length portrait

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c. 1890. Not yet Houdini, Ehrich Weiss is shown exhibiting his competitive spirit and wearing medals he won as a member of the Pastime Athletic Club track team in New York.

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Houdini in 1899

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