Born Ehrich Weiss, Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer known for his sensational escape acts. Thousands watched Houdini perform the seemingly impossible and his name soon become a household name in the world of magic. But just what made Harry Houdini arguably the greatest magician/escapologist of all time? A magician never reveals his secrets – but that doesn’t mean his team won’t after his passing. Here is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the great Harry Houdini:
Harry “Handcuff” Houdini
Harry Houdini first rose to prominence as a handcuff escape artist in American vaudeville. While astonishing at the time, any amateur handcuff escape artist can tell you that Houdini used an easy trick to “magically” escape – all he had to do was access a hidden set of keys. But what made Houdini special wasn’t so much that he was able to escape the cuffs, but rather how fast he was able to do it. Houdini invented a belt made out of flexible steel with special compartments that he used to store any tool he would need to escape. Over his lifetime Houdini performed hundreds of successful cuff tricks, escaping within mere seconds of having been handcuffed.