Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was a Hungarian-born American who became famous for his escapes from perilous situations and he used to challenge police forces to keep him locked up in one of their cells. On a tour of Europe, he became known as Harry ‘Handcuff’ Houdini. His escapes caught the imagination of the public – if he could beat the odds then anyone could. His repertoire included escaping from ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets (see Object 4) under water and a sealed milk churn full of water. Although famous and celebrated during his lifetime, it was only after his death that Houdini became a household name, still remembered by people all over the world. This was partly due to his devoted wife Bess (1876-1943), along with her PR savvy new partner Edward Saint, ensuring his name was kept in the public eye.
Youngsters conjure up top prizes
A 13-year-old boy who lives in Spain and an 11-year-old girl from West Yorkshire were the big winners at this year’s annual Young Magicians Club Junior Day awards held...
Young Magician of the Year 2023
Having considered the five entries received for the Competition this year the Committee have decided that it is not possible to proceed to a Final. The event on April...