The Phantom Files: Houdini
's Curse combines magical realism with an adventure story in an intelligent way.
"A little more than 110 years ago, just off the north breakwater, Houdini
did an escape to publicise his show.
emerged only a few moments later, fully dressed having unlocked both cells and declared himself a free man.
A newspaper report from when Harry Houdini
visited Newcastle in 1913
I knew about Houdini
jumping off Newport Bridge in 1913 but as for jumping off Canton Bridge, or Cardiff Bridge to give it its correct title, I have no knowledge at all.
and his wife bought the property, located at 278 West 113th Street, for $25,000 in 1904.
Soldiering on, Houdini
continued to Detroit after the incident where he performed for the very last time Oct.
"If I was worried about my contract, and Heaven knows I was - the reputation of one of the leading magazines in the United States was wholly in my keeping - Harry Houdini
was deeply concerned about me.
Chris, 27, said: "The name Houdini
is absolutely synonymous with escapology -- he is the Godfather of the art and one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived.
gave him a dog called Beauty and Neuberger, who worked as The Great Lafayette, taught her tricks.
As was the case with the real Houdini
, this version of the man condemns the way spiritualists and others he deems charlatans bilk the grieving and credulous.
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