Has everyone checked out Google today!?! It is Harry Houdini's Birthday... He would have been 137 years old!!
Here are some fun facts I dug up on Wikipedia
Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-born American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer noted for his sensational escape acts. He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena.
Houdini has made escapes from chains, shackles, handcuffs, straight jackets, jail cells, has escaped while being suspended upside down, escaped from underwater restraints, and even buried alive stunts!
Houdini died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix after taking multiple blows to the abdomen. His death was caused by a McGill University student, J. Gordon Whitehead, who wanted to test Houdini's claim that he was able to take any blow to the body above the waist without injury. He was hit three times before Houdini could tighten up his stomach muscles to avoid serious injury.
He died a very tragic death, but he will always remain one of the greatest magicians /escape artists to have ever lived!!
Happy Birthday Harry Houdini!
Here is a short video to celebrate Houdini's stunts as a talented escape artist:
HOW DOES HE DO IT SO FAST!?!?
We will never know !
In addition to his 137th birthday, there have been a current string of projects that have reached the press including some talk of a Houdini Broadway Musical featuring a score by Danny Elfman, and starring Hugh Jackman! This should be a treat!!... you can read about all of these Houdini Related projects HERE