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King Of Handcuffs Essay, Research Paper The man known world wide as the most famous magician of all time, Harry Houdini, was born March 24, 1874 in Budapest. Although Houdini often claimed to be born

King Of Handcuffs Essay, Research Paper

The man known world wide as the most famous magician of all time, Harry Houdini,

was born March 24, 1874 in Budapest. Although Houdini often claimed to be born

in Appleton, Wisconsin, Houdini actually came to the United States when he was

four years old. In later years, in a magazine interview, Houdini said, ? the

greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.? Houdini?s

actual name was Ehrich Weiss. His father was Mayer Samuel Weiss. He was a Rabbi

for the German Zoin Jewish Congregation in Appleton. His mother?s name was

Cecilia Steiner Weiss. His parents spoke Yiddish, Hungarian, and German. The

family was quite poor so most of the children began work at an early age. At the

age of eight, young Houdini sold newspapers and worked as a shoeshine. At the

age of 12, Houdini left home to make his way in the world in an attempt to help

support his family. Young Houdini traveled the country for about a year, always

sending money home when he could. Finally he joined up with his father in New

York City. The move to New York would change his life and introduce him to the

world of big time magic. In New York, Houdini worked as a messenger and as a

cutter in the garment center sweatshop to help support the family. He was very

athletic and won awards in swimming and track. He would use these athletic and

swimming talents to great use in his future as an escape artist. Houdini?s

first magic shows consisted of card tricks and other simple magic. They called

him ? Soon Harry starts using handcuffs and other restraints in his shows.

Houdini begins offering rewards to anyone that can restrain him. Houdini escaped

from handcuffs, leg irons, straightjackets, jail and prison cells, a mail pouch,

packing crates, a giant paper bag (without tearing the paper), a giant football,

an iron boiler, milk cans, coffins, and the famous Water Torture Cell. In most

of these escapes, there was never a sign of how Houdini accomplished his

release. To help draw the crowds Houdini would perform his escape in full view

of the audience. Houdini was the King of Handcuffs. On October 22, 1926, after a

long lifetime of dangerous feats, Houdini was in Montreal performing at the

Princess Theater. In the dressing room at the theater a young athlete from

McGill University asked Houdini if he could actually withstand punches to the

stomach as he heard. Before Houdini could prepare, the student began to punch

the legendary magician in the mid-section. Houdini did not know it but his

appendix ruptured. Houdini did not die in an escape or fail in some final

escape, as many believe. The King of Handcuffs died on October 31, 1926 of an

inflammation of the abdominal lining, a kind of internal Gangrene. Houdini today

is one of the best known performers of all time and Houdini?s name has come to

mean the ability to escape from any restraint or difficult situation. He always

insisted that all he did was by natural means. One of his last inventions was to

escape after being buried alive, a stunt he did very few times. Houdini not only

earned a place in history but in the dictionary as well. Works Cited 1.

Christopher, Milbourne. Houdini: the Untold Story. Crowell, 1969. 2.

Fitzsimmons, Raymond. Death and the Magician: The Mystery of Houdini, Atheneum,

1980. Adam Hanson Eng 111 56E September 16,1999 Short Writing (profile) King of

Handcuffs The man known world wide as the most famous magician of all time,

Harry Houdini, was born March 24, 1874 in Budapest. Although Houdini often

claimed to be born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Houdini actually came to the United

States when he was four years old. In later years, in a magazine interview,

Houdini said, ? the greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton,

Wisconsin.? Houdini?s actual name was Ehrich Weiss. His father was Mayer

Samuel Weiss. He was a Rabbi for the German Zoin Jewish Congregation in

Appleton. His mother?s name was Cecilia Steiner Weiss. His parents spoke

Yiddish, Hungarian, and German. The family was quite poor so most of the

children began work at an early age. At the age of eight, young Houdini sold

newspapers and worked as a shoeshine. At the age of 12, Houdini left home to

make his way in the world in an attempt to help support his family. Young

Houdini traveled the country for about a year, always sending money home when he

could. Finally he joined up with his father in New York City. The move to New

York would change his life and introduce him to the world of big time magic. In

New York, Houdini worked as a messenger and as a cutter in the garment center

sweatshop to help support the family. He was very athletic and won awards in

swimming and track. He would use these athletic and swimming talents to great

use in his future as an escape artist. Houdini?s first magic shows consisted

of card tricks and other simple magic. They called him ? Soon Harry starts

using handcuffs and other restraints in his shows. Houdini begins offering

rewards to anyone that can restrain him. Houdini escaped from handcuffs, leg

irons, straightjackets, jail and prison cells, a mail pouch, packing crates, a

giant paper bag (without tearing the paper), a giant football, an iron boiler,

milk cans, coffins, and the famous Water Torture Cell. In most of these escapes,

there was never a sign of how Houdini accomplished his release. To help draw the

crowds Houdini would perform his escape in full view of the audience. Houdini

was the King of Handcuffs. On October 22, 1926, after a long lifetime of

dangerous feats, Houdini was in Montreal performing at the Princess Theater. In

the dressing room at the theater a young athlete from McGill University asked

Houdini if he could actually withstand punches to the stomach as he heard.

Before Houdini could prepare, the student began to punch the legendary magician

in the mid-section. Houdini did not know it but his appendix ruptured. Houdini

did not die in an escape or fail in some final escape, as many believe. The King

of Handcuffs died on October 31, 1926 of an inflammation of the abdominal

lining, a kind of internal Gangrene. Houdini today is one of the best known

performers of all time and Houdini?s name has come to mean the ability to

escape from any restraint or difficult situation. He always insisted that all he

did was by natural means. One of his last inventions was to escape after being

buried alive, a stunt he did very few times. Houdini not only earned a place in

history but in the dictionary as well.

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1. Christopher, Milbourne. Houdini: the Untold Story. Crowell, 1969. 2.

Fitzsimmons, Raymond. Death and the Magician: The Mystery of Houdini, Atheneum,

1980.

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