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"harry houdini" Discussed on Bedtime History: Inspirational Stories for Kids
"Mastery mystery terror island. And the man from beyond harry. Houdini died from a ruptured appendix. It's believed that while he was suffering from an appendicitis a punchy received a stomach made the illness worse he continued performing until his pain and the poor condition of his health forced him to be hospitalized. He passed away in nineteen twenty six in detroit. Michigan harry started from very simple beginnings both lots of imagination practice and determination he became a world class entertainer. He spent many hours perfecting his skills and strengthening his body. so he could perform the tasks. Like harry you can find something you want to improve at with it until you become better at it. Physical exercise is also very good for your body. Have you ever seen a magician or a magic trick before learning how to entertain others with magic can be fun recently. My daughter became interested in card tricks. We found a deck of cards and watched a few videos about how to do some basic tricks. When you find the time you should try to. It's a fun skill to develop and lots of fun to entertain your friends and family. We hope you enjoyed this episode about harry. Houdini be sure to tune in next monday for a new episode..
"harry houdini" Discussed on Bedtime History: Inspirational Stories for Kids
"Onto our episode. Have you ever seen or heard something that you couldn't believe as if it was magic. Maybe you've tried to learn some card tricks or other allusions to impress your family friends with enough practice and a convincing performance anything is possible. Our story begins in eighteen. Seventy four in budapest hungary when harry houdini was born he had six brothers and sisters and his real name was eric. Whites eric's family moved to the united states in eighteen. Seventy eight and eventually settled in wisconsin. The houdini he's jewish and their father was the rabbi for the local congregation when his father lost his job. The family moved to milwaukee and eventually ended up in new york city as a child. Eric took several jobs to help his family and i showed off his skills as a trapeze artist. When he was only nine years old a trapeze artists hangs from a rope and does tricks in the air. His performing name was eric. The prince of the air. Eric was coached by the magician. Chose a friend when he was a teenager. When i started out he did not have much success. He first performed in die museums and sideshows sometimes also performing as the wild man at the circus in the beginning. He focused his show on card tricks and even called himself the king of cards for a short time however the other professional magicians noted that houdini lacked grace and finesse or style to be a magician who was excellent at card tricks because of this. Houdini would start to experiment on escape. Axe an example of an escape act is when houdini would put handcuffs on himself and then escape them before a timer out. When eric became a professional magician he started calling himself. Harry houdini naming himself after the french magician. Jean eugene robert who dean although he claimed he took the name harry as a tribute to another magician. The american magician harry kellar. It's widely believed that it came from the nickname airy which is what eric's family called him in eighteen ninety four. Houdini was performing with his brother. Theodore also known as dash at coney island their act was called the brothers houdini. While they're eric met and courted a fellow performer named wilhelmina. Beatrice. best runner. Eventually they married and best replaced theodore in the act which changed. Its name to the houdini. He's best became houdini stage assistant for the rest of his life. Five years later. Houdini met stage. Manager named martin beck in minnesota beck was impressed by houdini. Handcuff act and encouraged him to keep concentrating on his escape. Bax beck also asked houdini to perform at the orpheum vaudeville circuit which was a chain of movies and theaters. Were performance could take the stage with their act and perform in front of large audiences. Houdini act fit right. In with the other types of performers musicians dancers comedians trained animals ventriloquists and strongmen. After a few months on the circuit. Houdini was performing at top vaudeville. Houses all over the country. The following year back was able to send houdini act on a tour of europe although it took a few tries for houdini to convince any stage managers to allow him to perform in their theaters. Eventually he was able to interview with the manager of the hamburg theater after demonstration of his escape act from handcuffs at scotland yard. Houdini was booked at the humber for six months for the next twenty years. Houdini would go on to perform all over great britain. He performed his escape ax as well as card tricks illusions and outdoor stunts. At the time he was one of the world's highest paid entertainers here in the nickname. The handcuff king by traveling to places like netherlands germany france and russia and challenging the local police to lock him in their jails in russia. Houdini even escaped from prison transport van. He also spent a lot of time performing in the united states many times he would also perform for st audiences and he escaped from jails handcuffs chains ropes and straitjackets around nineteen eight. Houdini switched from escaping from handcuffs to escaping from more exciting traps. Such as a locked water-filled milk can even went so far as the challenges audiences to come up with contraptions to try and hold him. Some examples were nailed packing crates. Both in and out of water riveted boilers what sheets mailbags and even the belly of a whale. That had washed ashore in boston. When houdini was in berlin germany in nineteen twelve. He introduced the chinese water torture cell into his act. During the performance he was suspended upside down in a locked glass and steel cabinet. That was filled with water requiring him to hold his breath for over three minutes. This act was performed by houdini for the rest of his life. Houdini wrote a book for the magic brotherhood. His fellow performers and magicians explaining some of his tricks. The book was called handcuff secrets. And he revealed how many locks and handcuffs could be open with applied force or shoestrings. Houdini also showed how he sometimes carried. Concealed lock picks and keys on. He was tied down in ropes and straitjackets. He would gain room for his body by expanding shoulders and chest and holding his arm slightly away from his body over the years. Some of houdini tricks with changes. He discovered ways to make them more exciting. The straitjacket escape was first performed with houdini behind the curtain popping out when he was finally free when he figured out that audiences were more impressed when they could watch struggle. Houdini removed the curtains. He would also sometimes attempt to straitjacket escapes while dangling upside down from the roof of a building in the city. While harry was known for his escape bax and performances. He also performed other tricks one of his most famous non escape. Stage illusions was performed in new york when he vanished a full grown elephant from the stage. Houdini worked very hard to help other. Magicians he served as the president of the society of american magicians. For nine years his goal was to create a large unified network of magicians across the country on tours he would meet with local. Magicians give speeches and throw banquets to convince them to join his society. If a local club magicians didn't exist he would gather them together introduce them to each other and encourage them to form a club. He created the richest and longest surviving organization of musicians in the world. At this time it is made up of almost six thousand members in nearly three hundred assemblies around the world. Houdini would film has outdoor escapes which led him to acting and film career while he did start a film company it was not successful some of the titles of the film that he acted in where the grim game. The.
The Mystery Of Hudini
"Welcome to kids myths and mysteries from around the world strange and unexplained people places and events often forgotten by history or loss in the midst of time. I'm kit chrome today. Harry houdini to understand houdini magic. It's important to understand the man born eric. Weiss march twenty four th eighteen. Seventy four in budapest hungary. He moved with his family when he was four years. Old to new york. And eventually migrated appleton wisconsin in his youth. He was a natural athlete and had a fascination with magic and adopted the name. Houdini by adding an eye to the last name of his idol. French magician robert who din although there was a gimmick or special effect too many of his escapes. there were those at pressed him physically to the max one story a story mind. You is that of an underwater handcuff escape. Depending on who you talked to. He was in a box. A straightjacket or manacled hand and foot anyway. The story goes that he was in chicago in winter and had a hole cut in the frozen river that he stepped through not taking into factor that the river flowed under the ice easily escaped his manacles but was swept downriver. Above the shivering crowd eventually dispersed fearing that they had witnessed the drowning of the great magician under the ice. He moved from trapped air bubble bubble eventually finding his way out. There are dozens of versions of his story but whatever the case demonstrates his power of concentration. Above all harry. Houdini was a showman dangling from cranes. Skyscrapers upside down in a straitjacket. He would attrac- upwards of fifty thousand. Onlookers necks craned as they watched the dramatic escape. This would guarantee a pack theater that evening but he was always searching for a new effect. He's responsible for bringing the obscure thread the needle from india to the american stage. This is where he would placed dozens of needles in his mouth along with thread. Poss- drink a glass of water then amazingly extract needles threaded with enough threat to cross the stage later. He performed the same illusion with razor blades. Houdini was much more than a magician however he was a man with an insatiable curiosity and was fascinated with movies made several including one where he was to rescue the ever suffering female from iraq on the brink of niagara falls. She was harnessed to a safety line. Houdini would have none of the safety features offered and was nearly swept over the falls. He got out of the movie business because it didn't make money. He was also fascinated with airplanes and in nineteen ten. Was the first man to fly a plane in australia. Sailing for over three and a half miles. Houdini died at one twenty six. Pm tober thirty first. Nineteen twenty six. He was fifty two years old. He was a man who was driven. You might say by the slogan. The show must go on but also by his own physicality take a look at the old newspaper photos of him in various stages of escape remember. This is long before photoshop notice a developed biceps quadriceps and shoulders however by late forties he suffered from appendicitis attacks and on several occasions had to be helped off stage by age fifty despite more sophisticated special effects his performances required longer periods of recuperation is said that he was backstage reclining from a broken ankle from a previous show won a university student questioned. The magicians boasts of the stomach of oak remember. Houdini was fifty to the student. Delivered a series of blows stopped when. Houdini claimed he was not able to stand to prepare for the strikes. No one knows. If this cost the appendix to rupture hours of the event. Houdini went on to perform with a temperature of a hundred and four. Eventually he entered the hospital where he felt. Recovery was eminent but at the end he was heard to say. I'm tired of fighting. Harry had two loves in his. Life is wife bests and sell you steiner weiss. His mother when she died in nineteen thirteen. He visited select mediums in an attempt to make contact with her from the spirit. World appalled the frauds who claim to be able to make contact. He went on the warpath exposing psychics. Fortune tellers mediums and in the process and raging. The industry is most outspoken. Opponent was the blonde. Which of lime street strange seems her. Spirit guide walter in one thousand nine hundred thousand five said that. Houdini would be dead within a year but houdini had devised a code. That only best would know that if indeed there wasn't afterlife he would contact her using net code. The stories surround this aspect of his life and the code between he and his wife would take ten podcast to explain it to say that he did not connect with best using the code. Each halloween for at least four years after his death she would lie to candle. Hold a seance. She continued the sales which involved a candle said to have burned for ten years. It was a nineteen thirty six ten years after houdini. He's passing that. She handed off the candle. And say on tradition to walter. B gibson friend confidante ghostwriter for. Houdini gibson was also the original author of the shadow mysteries writing under the name maxwell grant late in his life. He passe on tradition to magician. Dorothy dietrich who now burns the candle. Every halloween while conducting a seance seems. Houdini is yet to
Sordid details of Johnny Depp's private life made public
"I'm fascinated by this because I do think at one point. He was a very, very good actor Johnny Depp. And now his entire life has just fallen apart. What has happened to this man? Is it Is it booze and drugs? Well, it's losing throat. It's also though, in the view of Hollywood, and this time the Hollywood reporter, which is kind of the you know, the newspaper that covers the doings out there has a devastating story in this week, which basically says that he has become radioactive. You might recall it. Obviously back in the summer time. There was this lawsuit where he was suing a newspaper in the UK for saying that he was a wife beater. And in this trial, it was revealed just dozens of emails and horrible behavior that frankly backed up, but the you know what his ex wife and with the newspaper said, and the judge agreed not only to the judge agree that the newspaper that could script called him a wife beater. But they essentially prohibited to him from appealing this case. Meanwhile, he assuming his ex wife, Amber, heard in a court in Virginia that suits about to begin in January. A lot of the same stuff. That was found to be un supportable in the UK trial, so he's seen in Hollywood is just being insanely vengeful. Not to mention a drunk, a drug use or incredibly profligate spending millions upon millions of dollars and in this world now With me to, um, the idea of any Hollywood studio hiring a man who's been labeled a wife beater seems completely implausible. He had a small movie that was supposed to come out last month. At a film festival in Poland. He didn't turn up. The movie was withdrawn. He has a project that he was gonna be doing. Jerry Bruckheimer, huge Hollywood producer on the life of Harry Houdini. He apparently has been dropped from that. And this is a guy who you know has a lot of things and needs a lot of money. As you know his spending his ethics so without these kinds of did paydays God knows what's going to happen to stand still love him, probably. But the fact of the matter is Hollywood will not hire him. So their love is going to have to go back into the catalog and look at old movies. But I don't think anybody's gonna hire him for anything. New. So literally, Larry, Let me ask you when you were the editor of People magazine Back in the day when Johnny Depp was riding high, Did you Did your reporters pick up stuff about bad behavior? Craziness? Did you have any concerns about where that career was headed back when you have good things about him? Let me split that question into Yes. To the first part of the question. No to the second. Yes, we heard about the bad behavior. Look, he didn't make a secret of it right? He was in a rock band. He dressed like Keith Richards. He kind of he played Hunter Thompson. You know, he epically did a lot of drug this was all known about it. It was part of his charm in some degree crazy enough as it may seem, like all things in moderation that makes him charming. And look, we made him the sexy man. I think twice While I was the editor of the magazine, he was someone who then and arguably still might have a lot of appeal. But at a certain point, you know, when you're pushing 60 and you start and you continue to act like this, it's not charming and again when you look at what was accounted in that trial in the UK not only just the text messages using filthy text messages about his wife, written tip Hollywood agents and other colleagues. But the kind of litany of behavior throwing glasses, the bleeding the fights the cutting the screaming, You know, I counted to buy a lot of people, including people who worked for him. Quite frankly, it's impossible to deny. That this guy's personal life is a mess. Now. We don't watch him in movies, you know, thinking about his personal life, but in this world that we live in now it's increasingly difficult to separate that behavior from what appears on strings. Turning our
Jewish history museum in Philadelphia to honor Houdini, Copperfield
"Museum of American Jewish History along Independence Mall will be inducting to new honorees into its all of fame next month during its annual gala I want to be is John McDevitt Reports the National Museum of American Jewish Histories on Lee in America Gallery Hall of Fame has about 20 inductees. The award recognizes the achievements and contributions of American Jews, from signs to music to history to philosophy to entertainment. That's history, museums, president and CEO Dr Misha Galperin, he says. This year the greatest illusionist of all time, Harry Houdini and David Copperfield will be honored. All are invited to an hour long celeb. Racing online. David Copperfield will be performing from Vegas. It is Frito Old Commerce and if you'd like to contribute, and if you'd like to sponsor it certainly is welcome both before and during the show. But I would like as many people as possible to see to enjoy it on by to join us on big copper shielding his friends. The live stream takes place on December 12th, the third day of Monica at 8 P.m.. It could be seen through the National Museum of American Jewish Histories, Website or Facebook Page. Past inductees include Albert Einstein, Sandy Koufax, Jonas Salk, Steven Spielberg and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"harry houdini" Discussed on KYW Newsradio 1060
"He will be inducting Harry Houdini into the Hall of Fame. Hey, Why don't we use John McDevitt? Going us in on that you can watch all the magic for free. The one hour ceremony will be available on the Jewish History Museum's website and Facebook page. 51 degrees turning brisk tonight as we get down to 42 rain free, but mainly cloudy Tensions across the Mideast after authorities say that an Iranian scientists named by the West as the leader of the Islamic Republic's disbanded military nuclear program has been killed in an ambush on the outskirts of Tehran. Let's get more now from CBS news correspondent Robert Berger in Jerusalem. Iran is blaming Israel for the assassination of a scientist suspected by the west of masterminding a secret nuclear weapons program. Israel did not comment. Iran said there was an explosion and then gunman fired a hail of bullets at the scientists. CAR. Iran's supreme leader promised fierce retaliation, raising regional tensions. Robert BURGERS, CBS NEWS Jerusalem Still to come. We'll check in with the traffic and get more on that car. That's causing a major problem on a Chester County highway working from home. Ask your smart speaker to play K Y W NewsRadio powered by Del Technologies. Call 877 Ask Del people everywhere Want answers? Critics are calling Stephen Colbert, the hottest late night host, Boom bombshell, A riveting watch What gripping television? Wow! A beacon of hope in humanity. I'm so excited. I'm not getting any of the sleep I normally don't get and they can't get enough of him. Right now. I'm more sour dough than man at this point is that way, I always want to poke your belly to hear you giggle The late show with Stephen Colbert weeknights on CBS. Cases of race with helpful hardware both this Thanksgiving..
James Randi, Magician and Paranormal Debunker, Dies at 92
"Oh, he was one of a kind. He will be missed. And He was truly amazing person. Yes, the amazing Randi. James Randi, the magician who escaped from jail cells. Underwater coffins straitjackets before becoming a scientific skeptic bent on debunking those who peddle the paranormal and supernatural. He was 92 years old. Age related causes is what they say His death was in a Twitter post pendulum of Penn and Teller called Randy quote our inspiration, our mentor and your friend. He appeared on on occasion on the Showtime documentary, Siri's Penn and Teller. B s in 56 Amazing. Randi appeared live on the Today show 1956. Surviving for 100 for minutes in a sealed metal coffin submerged in a swimming pool. Two better, a record that was held by Harry Houdini. Two decades later, he escape from a straitjacket while suspended upside down over Niagara Falls. On these escapes that he did. We're dangerous. They were very dangerous, but he managed them. He was a Toronto native. He grew up loving magic. He had great stories about going to see. Blackstone. Blackstone was a very famous magician at the time and what a great magician he was. But then Randy sort of became a well known atheist. And if you want to see a really touching sweet movie that's fascinating. What's it called Anonymous wires on honest liar. One a slider? Yeah, it's all about him in its life. Well, Yeah, he started out as a magician. But then he formed James Randi Educational Foundation, and it's about Debunking. Shysters people who use magic essentially on and mental ism to take advantage of people. He particularly hated Uri Geller, the spoon Bender from Israel. He hated Yuri Geller and James Randi said anybody convention spoon. I can show anybody how to do it. He doesn't do it with the power of his mind. It's a trick. It is a trick. And Randy was just incensed about it. He hated Yuri Geller so much, he said. When I die, and I'm cremated, I want somebody to throw my ashes in Yuri Geller. Well, you've said that about your
"harry houdini" Discussed on Personology
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"harry houdini" Discussed on Personology
"Houdini performs this vanishing elephant. Act at the hippodrome theatre New York because understandably. They need a big room right. This has the world's largest stage at the time. All He needs is a huge cabinet a team of twelve other people and an elephant. The audience was able to see inside the cabinet. You'd be able to look at it and tell that there wasn't you know an easy exit or hidden door or something but then once they close the cabinet and reopended boom the five-time eight foot. Tall Elephant is gone insane today. We saw that we would say insane. I think even more insane is the idea that magicians today are. Don't know how Houdini pulled that off. How that actually happened? Which is fascinating which is very different from the dramas that he would create around other sorts of tricks or you know escape performances that he did whereas you point out he would come to town generate tremendous publicity by going to the police station and saying strip naked. Put ME IN THE CELL. Do your best. And then they would all leave and then he would be out having escaped and he would have moved other prisoners around from different cell to different sell. It would be astonishing. Some short period of time. How he'd clearly opened many cells and then that would raza everybody in the town who would then of course. WanNa pay for a ticket to see whatever he was going to do on stage. You'd always think of the Chinese water torture cell My nose somewhat that all of these things can function as sort of a metaphor for his own genesis and origin story. They all have an element of torture in them. He's putting himself in a torturous situation so whether he's being held inside water the water torture cell whether he's being hung upside down in a straight jacket they all have this theme of torture them. There was something in him. I think that felt tortured actually. In some way there are a lot of things that we could posit as to why torture resonated so much for him but that theme really runs across all of his work. Where do you think it stemmed from a lot of performers who need the kind of accolades and admiration and the Harry? Houdini seemed to need. Do actually have underneath that tremendous insecurity. Maybe not self loathing but like a real doubting as to whether they measure up I mean here is a man who was Jewish. He was five four. Didn't have money when they came to Wisconsin. It wasn't good to be a Jew. There's a power and taking over the persecution yourself in. Houdini also tried his hand at acting as well which is a much less dangerous way to get that attention That you were craving as the fourth of six children. I think those were mostly disappointments to him. He'd he tried. He hung out with like Chaplin. He tried to be with the celebrities. Be in the films and use that to be more revered be famous. Be More immortal but it didn't really work out from. It may have only fueled his his insecurity. Further to be honest. Many people in acting general struggle with a lot of narcissism not as a dirty word but narcissism meaning actual insecurity and needing to create things around you to try to make you feel more special because you actually feel less special. He continued to be willing to take certain risks to keep pursuing this and ultimately that is essentially what killed him so he used to have this thing where he would tell people that they could punch him in the stomach because he has abs of Steel. He was incredibly fit. He was credibly athletic. Part of his deal was to say you can hit me. And you're GONNA be amazed. You talk about somebody insecure. What are they have to say? I'm the strongest. I'm the best. I'm the toughest that was a big stick of his. Unfortunately and ultimately didn't work out very well for him. He was going to be doing a performance. Apparently he wasn't feeling that great he was. He was laying down. A McGill student was was with him with sketching him. Actually he and another student said. Hey we understand that you have abs of steel. Can we give you a pop? And he said Oh sure fine but hadn't prepared himself in the way that I guess he normally did. The student hit a couple of times really hard in the abdomen. He clearly had pain. It wasn't a nothing for him but much in his usual STOIC and the show must go on and I am the toughest style he went on. He did the show. He clearly was having a lot of pain. He continued through the week saying he didn't need medical attention. He would just get through it. It would be okay and by the time he did seek medical care which was about a week later he was diagnosed as having late stage appendicitis which essentially means he had a ruptured appendix and. This was in the day and age of no antibiotics so even though they did two surgeries to try to save him with no antibiotics ultimately that was the end of his life he died. It's unclear whether the ruptured appendix is something that was true true and unrelated to getting socked in the stomach or whether something was brewing and getting punched you know. Put him over the edge but at the end of the day it really is was his style of I'm the toughest that unfortunately undid him. This leads us to a tragic past humus note at least for me in the story of Houdini. It's the after. Does ultimately pass away. Four years after his his death in nineteen twenty six His surviving spouse bess attempts to contact him through. Seances Oh my God that is that is sad and it was really a promise that she made really to him that she would try on the anniversary of his death. Which actually if you think about it. This is pretty crazy right. He died on Halloween which is weird and of its own right. So every Halloween fest would host a sounds and try to reach him. She did stop ten years later. Having had no success but she did try for ten years something he he really wanted and is kind of amazing even more when you think about the husband wife relationship because where do you think the Harry was buried. Ooh Next to his mom. Okay Yep Hairy Jewish cemetery where? Ps his wife could not be buried because she was Catholic. She never converted That wasn't really a thing you had to be by blood. You and she could not be with him but that was his choice to be buried next to his mother. Jewish cemetery and yet she tried for for ten years to reconnect to Harry but sadly.
"harry houdini" Discussed on Personology
"He was always sort of fighting against being associated with spiritualism which was on the rise concurrently with his career. I wonder if there's some insight we can look at As to why he had such a deep antagonism toward this this kind of stuff. That's right we actually did an episode in ridiculous history about his Ghost detective rose mackin Burger. He'd he'd actually sent her ahead of him on his tour. Stops to debunk. These spiritualists are mediums or whatnot. The amount of money that was spent on mediums in those days was staggering. Like you know with inflation it would have been just like millions and millions of dollars And you know of course. Very much A hoax almost nine times out of I mean. I don't know like depending on where you stand I would say maybe ten times out of ten In the you know in the context of the story it was all about him coming to town and then exposing these people as frauds with the homework that his assistant had done and that was another kind of brilliant marketing ploy. If you think about it our phone our in Then that is his but I would argue. It's deeper than that one hundred. It is marketing. It is pure genius with this but his antagonism really takes a serious turn a harder edge after the death of his mother. Well there are two issues in terms of his the intensity of his feeling about spiritualism. And what did he have to do about it? He was really an athlete and his tricks weren't just tricks. They were athletic. Feats it wasn't like a total sleight of hand. He learned from people in the circus how to use his toes from people who were in the circus who had no arms. How use his toes so he could put a key between two toes? These were real feats of flexibility of shrinks of holding his brass of using body parts. That aren't usually used like that dislocating things. So what he was doing for him was real. Hurry Up Euro. As opposed to what he felt that the spiritualists were doing which was truly a trick and it was an affront to him but in addition he became very conflicted and revved up about this because his mother was the singular most important person to him the single most love person probably more than his wife and he was really devastated at the loss of her and the idea being dangled that she could be somewhere he could reconnect with her must have been a huge draw and to see all of the other people who also had longings like he did believe they were connected or spend all their money and trying to be connected. Must've toyed with how he felt about this whole movement. That's right. I kind of forgot that it started with him. Having hope and being fascinated by it as a means to reconnecting and then feeling that betrayal I imagine or just realizing that it was all smoke and mirrors to be duped in this way for a man like this was actually really enraging. Anybody who worked with him. He made sign an agreement. He demanded complete loyalty like in the days before anybody did such things he had people signing documents that they would not speak of anything as right. He was the earlier earliest days of that. I'm so he had a paranoia about him of being betrayed another primer. If you think about it for going in and having the hope that he was going to connect with his mother and actually believing that this could be so and then feeling duped. He's working from personal grief right and he is working to also exercise critical thinking and skepticism in a way that he likely considered a public service. Right he was helping people But also he was helping himself. Because you know in the mind of the American public in the global public even Someone who is an escape artist or doing stage? Magic is often lumped in with Someone who's practicing as a medium or a clairvoyant of some sort. So he's not just doing what he thinks is the right thing there. Is that alterior motive of great publicity. But then there's this third motive which is differentiating himself in the marketplace. You know what I mean. I love that you point out that these are athletic feats and I lit up when I heard you at the very beginning. Say he was kind of a Momma's boy. Because I think a lot of people know how much personal emotional heft went into his vendetta against spiritualism and also I think he profited from this Maybe not necessarily financially but in the eyes of the public he profited from this not just because he was involved in ghost hunting ghost busting but because he was also just on his own really genuinely amazingly talented at. Gosh. He's he's only twenty six. When he starts touring Europe and nothing to think about in terms of. You know the spiritual say yes. We're going to be able to reach your mother. And then he knows that even though they're saying oh it's her and she's speaking this way and she sang these things which he knows she she never would do so he knows. This is false at about the same time it starts dawning on him. How is he gonNA achieve immortality? He's been very driven on on fame. And maybe even had a thought that you know if you can speak to the dead. And they're still there that essentially you don't really die and it's possible that this experience of being told she's there and then realizing you're you're being duped and she's not there and in fact. Death is quite final. There will be no crossing the boundary. Whether that may have revved up his need to figure out how to achieve enough fame or more fame to have immortality in a certain way I wonder this because it said about the same time that he starts doing other things like film. He starts traveling around. Starts doing things. That aren't about his physical prowess but our seemed more directed toward being so famous that you're remembered a legacy right. Yes but a big legacy making you immortal. And some way that started happening about the time that he really became disillusioned and angry about spiritualism and that became a big driver for him in the things that he started doing at that point and to some degree even in the risks that he started taking which will prove to be a big deal in terms of his ultimate demise. Let's take a break here. Be Right back. Think about food is that it's never just about the food. 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"harry houdini" Discussed on Personology
"Be super it was really that she was assisting ham sort of part of the intensity of the magic or the entertainment or the tricks in fact if you look at photos of her she's in pretty conservative garb and almost like athletically conservative for those days but Harry he does recognize exactly what you guys are referring to that people wanna see shocking things and he understands that at a at a gut level and so he starts coming into before the act. He appears with virtually no clothes on to demonstrate for example. I've got no keys in my pockets or I'm not keeping anything on my person that could help me get out of this escape. That's obsessively what it's for. But in fact he understands on a certain level being exhibition mystic in all that means is something that will draw people in and get them to spend money to see this. Want to see this because people by nature are voyeuristic. He understood that objective by the guy too much. But he's in shape you know. He cuts a handsome figure. There's a Hubba Hubba to this. And he liked that. That was important to him. He wanted to be a hub and part of upping the ante. I guess in his tricks was to be admired and to be remembered which later will become very important. What drives him in this direction? Up to do more and more. This is interesting too because when you're talking about how he's escalating stuff how he's being exhibition mystic. It's not just a matter of checkout my sweet PECs. He's also doing some kind of social engineering or publicity stunts when he approaches police stations and says okay. Guys tried to handcuff me. And let's do it in public and see what happens. I thought that was interesting. Because when you're talking about how he is always doggedly seeking ways to escalate this show and the experience. He started taking it off of the stage. I don't know if you can go to police stations and do that today. No I wouldn't think so. But I mean you know he he definitely took it more into the realm of like Exhibition ISM and almost like a weird hybrid of of magic and performance. Art where he'd hang himself from cranes and do these death defying escapes and put himself physically in harm's way. I think that was the that was the big kicker there and more importantly put himself in the local newspaper before his actual show happened right on a percent. He was a master marketer of himself which was really like pr before there was PR. That wasn't a field and branding wasn't a thing so before that even existed in some sort of concretize way he understood that and that's exactly what he was doing. He was marketing himself and he understood a lot of things about human nature and maybe because he understood this about himself that we are voyeurs. We like sado-masochism. Yeah we like to see the got to the edge of death and then made it somehow or we like to see people to some degree harming themselves or like little forms of of violence and hold our breath and to some degree both those sadism and masochism those are like normal human drives and whether he understood that about himself and therefore understood about other people or just understood that other people would be drawn in by that he played to all of those psychological mechanisms of the public that worked for him in spades. We're going to take a quick break. When we get back. We'll dive into Houdini conflict with purported purveyors of the supernatural. Hey It's been henry and Marcus hosts of the last podcast on the left are shows dedicated to uncovering hilariously horrifying stuff. And now we're only on spotify if you want. Obviously we'd never force anyone to just blindly bad be crazy but if you stories about doomsday cults who do exactly that and more please on spotify visit spotify dot com slash last podcast to listen free..
Talking to the Dead
"Today we're talking about the seance communicating with the dead has been around for centuries United States just after the civil war when so many men lost on. The battlefields was so little attention to their identification left to be buried until the battle that had killed them had passed often buried in mass graves leaving family and loved ones with no idea what happened to their father. Son Brother husband the grieving American public search for answers in media and through seances across Europe following world. War One sounds flourished often led by celebrities like Sir Arthur conon on and doyle the author Sherlock Holmes but critic arose from the World Magic from roughly nineteen twenty to nineteen twenty. Six Harry Harry. Houdini made a part of his. Life's work to expose. Mediums in the seance but the magician wasn't always so intent on exposing those would communicate with the dead. The great magician had two women in his life his mother and his wife. They were the law of his life when his mother Cecilia. Steiner Weiss died of a stroke. Nineteen Thirteen Harry. Houdini sought out a medium that would allow him to speak with his beloved mother but for decades his axe x his own acts had included. Sounds as were the highest form of deception. When he attended a seance could identify the very tricks tricks adhered used in his own acts? He went on the warpath exposing the fraudulent gatherings. Houdini he's former. Education was slight his self education. Commence the magician had a great love of books and of research built a formidable personal library when in the nineteen twenties he strode into the public public arena to confront fraudulent mediums. He proceeded from home lined with books and manuscripts about their methods of deception. Visitors to the online line collection can view July thirty first nineteen twenty five letter in which we need describes his extensive library of letters and documents related to the spiritualism his attacks stem from both shameless self-promotion sincere commitment to the public photographs and the Digital Houdini collection and show his exposures a rich penelope of psychic fraud sleight riding spirit photographs fingerprinting a spirit and trump and mediums. Who would transmit voices through the musical instrument articles and images present? Houdini greatest challenge many any crandon. The Media Mona's Marjorie. A woman who fooled one established academic mind after another. She found her greatest champion in Sir Arthur CONAN doyle. Genie was never able to expose her as an outright fraud but he did block her progress. Her name was Minna Crandon but the world knew her as Marjorie a pseudonym adopted to protect her from publicity. She lived with her husband successful. Surge in Leroy Crandon on Boston's affluent Beacon Hill. It was there in their house online street in one thousand nine hundred twenty three that she purportedly discovered she had psychic power specifically the ability to levitated objects generator. Called noises. Materialized spirit forms warms. The phenomenon were controlled. She said by the spirit of her deceased brother. Walter who would speak through Mina in a a gruff decidedly unspiritual manner. His No nonsense conference liberally laced with profanities before long binders talents came him to the attention of researchers and she was closely studied on an off for an suing ten years and through examination of the claims and counterclaims counterclaims so the various researchers would require a book length essay. I'm not that ambitious instead what I'd like to do. Compare and contrast the accounts of the initial investigation as presented in two influential books science and Para Science by Brian a angles nineteen eighty-four mediums and mystics. And the occult by Melborn Christopher. Nine hundred seventy five with only occasional forays into other sources verses when necessary and the process. We may not learn anything conclusive about March but we will learn something about the hazards and frustrations nations of studying. The paranormal was Marjorie. A greater magician than Houdini. Or was she the real thing able to call up dead and hold for
"Welcome to kiss myths and mysteries. I'm your host kid crumb all this week. We're going to be looking at psychics and mediums and people oh who read your fortunes and so we'll start out with the question. psychics real fraud on a Monday in nineteen ninety ninety. Five the Oprah Winfrey show hosted a psychic Roseanne. Ultra not her real name. The show's audience that day number. Just over two hundred rid. After a brief interview with Oprah the psychic turned to the audience and the questions began typically referred to as fishing or coal whole readings. The questions were brought. Has someone lost a loved one recently a mother or sister or brother recently then then. She pressed several individuals but nothing really clicked out of two hundred individuals. She was only able to make generalities with only a few specifics. Picks in the end she caught one a woman who lost her mother to cancer. It was a moment that odd the audience and struck Oprah silent if you'd like to watch the technique of cold reading without leaving the comfort of your living room checkout the CBS TV. Show the mental EST if ran. I'm from two thousand eight to two thousand fifteen and I'm sure you can catch it on Netflix. It's a story of a father and son Carnival. Act where the sun pretended tended to be psychic when the boy grew up he created a show where he would connect audience members with loved ones who had passed long story short he connected did with a branch of law enforcement and used his knowledge of fishing and coal readings throughout the seven years to show ran to solve crimes crime. I am show plots aside. It's a great example of techniques used by psychics. A few shows back. This podcast covered the effort by famous. Magician magician Harry Houdini to expose psychics and frauds. The professional rarely makes the declaration he or she watches facial responses to specific question. Did someone here lose a son. A Chin wrinkles is glistening with shed. Tears he hones. It's or she hones in. I sense a tragedy. Yes yes rick. Ground the psychic takes a chance with the name was was Frederick Eric on a boat on large body of water. Yes Frederick was on his father's vote on Lake Michigan. You get the idea and you're probably thinking come on on. Who would fall for all that most people? That's who twenty people pay two hundred dollars each filled with expectations -tations Danta room lights slightly dimmed not enough to be noticed but enough to create an atmosphere. Psychic speaks of the nature of death and dying fine. There may be some low music but wait the title. Today's PODCAST psychics reeler fraud. So here's the other side of the coin at the age of thirteen. Thirteen Ruby Lynch witnessed from a hiding place that brutal murder of her parents during the initial search of the house for Clues Little Ruby was found. She was in shock doc fell into a catatonic state for the next decade. She was institutionalized at twenty three she assigned was assigned a new case worker. A woman woman wanted to get closure for Ruby. She sat in a room with her and read out loud. The police report that cited the capture of the murder still Ruby Ruby remained unresponsive. Then the caseworker decided to take her to a psychic that worked out of a building on the edge of town. The psychic was told only that ruby behead witness a brutal murder of her parents no other details upon their arrival ruby and her social worker were ushered into a room with no windows and only one door. There was a small card table three chairs. The walls were bare and there was no ventilation. The Room was well lit though stuffy. The door was closed as soon as they entered the psychic sat rigidly in a straight back chair with no arms from the time. Ruby and the caseworker. Were seated. No one spoke minutes past than the psychic slot forward over the next thirty eight minutes a psychic describe where Ruby had been hidden too the tiniest. Es detail our parents had been murdered and when she straightened up is close. She described three Special Memories Ruby out of her mother baking cookies for Christmas Christmas helping Ruby prepare for elementary talent show and teaching her to use a sewing machine. When the memories were recounted by the psychic kick Ruby began to sob when the psychic recited details of her father teaching her to drive Ruby began to cry rocking forward and back forward and back feeling that this was somehow more than Ruby? Could handle the caseworker ended. The session took Ruby back to the state facility and went to the police department that handle title case. No no one had requested a copy of the case which had long been sealed. The psychic was not known to the cleese and what her name was entered into criminal database. Nothing came up the next day. The caseworker control to the outskirts of town parked in front of the building with a session with skull. No one answered the door and it was determined that the building had been unoccupied and occupied only occasionally for the past ten years and read recently been purchased and was slated to be demolished today at thirty five Ruby. Lunch lives a quiet life alone and works part. Time I'm in a flower. Shop reformer caseworker. Drop spy and now and then to see how she's doing on one visit. She asked Ruby what she remembered about the visit with the Psychic Ruby looked at her with a blank stare then stated that she had no memory of such a visit psychics. reeler fraud. You you decide. All this week will be taking a look at psychics and fortune tellers and mediums. Well today's Today's podcast was produced. Here night all sounds studio all main some places except for the day and data the Oprah Winfrey show have been changed. The case of Ruby Lynch was summarized memorized from a police report.
"harry houdini" Discussed on EconTalk
"And you point out the book that many of his escapes were under curtains tarps etcetera but the straight check at one he would ride around on the stage and watch his Agony and and and then he had variations where he would come out from under the tarp still manacled not in the water one but still manacled still handcuffed ask I hey to have his jacket removed and and and the audience is not this could be a failure he might not make it You know it's very it's similar to the the card sleight of hand performer. Who says is this your card and sometimes it's not? Yeah you tend to see the ones where it is but everyone goes a little bit wrong and in these cases again life and death was on the line and now it exactly how they were done. there's speculation and one of the things I love about your book and we're not going to spoil. This here is that I'm about two hundred fifty it's about a three hundred page book Two hundred and fifty pages in You finally tell me something. I had already noticed which is like come on how to do these things. You're very careful not to do that. And I thought we won't do here. But of course people have speculated as you point out and get on the web and find it all you want now. If you're yeah I thought it was important because this book to you know was it was as much about wonder and that notion as it is about Houdini if not more I didn't WanNA reveal and the only the thing I do reveal. Well there are two things one. I offered a theory that I have about about what's called the mirror cops which probably don't want to go too deep into but it is one of his greatest escape and is one that we still no matter how far you look. We don't know for sure how he did it. And and there are many theories about it. But there's no actual solution to how did it so I offer my theory because might be wrong and then one other one That offer a little secret and it is only only because I think it reveals something about Houdini and and and and doesn't really tell you how he did the trick but it reveals a little Something interesting about Houdini. But yeah I mean that was that was really important to me to to maintain some of that mystery. Because I think that's part of why it's so much harder to to inspire inspire wonder today. You know if somebody does a magical performance on television you see it on pen. Teller's fool us or on America's got talent or whatever over the next day. There are thirty five youtube videos explaining exactly how it was done. And you don't have to look at them but they're there and it's easy and it's and it's it's hard to believe in something you know bigger and more magical especially because quite often these these secrets these these behind the scenes. They're disappointing. I mean you you have this big idea. Mind how somebody does a trick and then you find out. It's just a piece of threader better and it's like that that doesn't that sort of bust. The bubble a little bit so I was. I wanted to be very careful not to do any of that so I want to. Let's talk about wonder. And then we'll we'll move on to fame TRY TO Deep deep themes of this book I I think it's incredible label insight to realize that people don't want to know. I think in a way you could say. There are two types of people there'd be how'd you. How'd you come on high? How'd you do it and we we all have a short? We also have the the idea that wouldn't it be wonderful when bad choice award wouldn't be extraordinary if there's something here but that's not explicable. Yeah it's a missed a fundamental mystery that this person has somehow the ability to do something that the transcends Hiding something up his sleeve right. Yeah well I I. I have a very personal view of this because I have two daughters and I do magic tricks for them from time to time and I have one daughter my younger than before you could. I did even before wrote the book I would say. It's picked up the book but yeah I always liked it. I always loved doing Lucar. treks little you know little slights. I'm not good at it but I was good enough when they were young to be able to fool them and I did. My Greatest Cartwright for them shortly after the book was was finished and my younger one my my younger daughter was now fourteen. Katie she she was. How did you do how do out? And she's not stopped just asking me over and over and over even started to tell her no and I'm not gonNa tell her I told her I'm not gonNa tell her but my older daughter who's eighteen Elizabeth. She as soon as I showed it she loved it and she's a pretty cynical. She's a teenager icicle teenager. She said don't ever tell me how you did it. I I want to. I love that trek. I want to hold it and I and I thought well. That's we all have a little bit of both of those things in there and and so I think it's harder now now to to feel wonder because we we know so much and we can grow so cynical and it's it's it's just a you know it's just a a different time and anxious time and and I I just think it's. It's much harder to to be able to just say okay. You know I I want to stop here and feel all this. You know. It's it's just impatient and it's difficult to do that but I think it's important I think I think it's an important part of our lives to be able to to not be cynical and all the time and and sometimes just go. Wow I just want to take that in as a piece of art you know or one of the things I thought of from your book and you're right about your daughters and other places story just mentioned a credit in many ways is going to sound ridiculous but in many ways I think parenting parenting a huge part of parenting is for me anyway was about instilling. Wander my children now for me. It covered a very wide spectrum. I'm religious for that so religion was part of that. Wander the mystery of the universe and using religion as a way to express that Sports the miraculous events of sports the seeming. You know not just that escape but the pennant race. The person under pressure who does something unimaginably Ballot check and an elegant and under the toughest circumstances and something else. I know you've written a lot about musicals taking my kids musicals to see something. Imagine that you can't see anywhere else in that that feeling and whether and one more hiking in places like you're semi absolute so all those to me are I would actually categorize them as religious experiences as a religious person but you don't have to be religious to fill wonder. Obviously I think it's deeply embedded in us and many ways growing older is about the death of wonder. Yeah because children can't imagine how you made that penny come from behind their ear. I there's something gloriously beautiful about that and and to retain that that sense of wonder as you grow older is is I think a huge part of being successful adult. So I think you're right and I you know I. Of course I've seen it many many times sports. It's but I just had this fascinating little mobile so my my older. I'm actually about to write about this. My older daughter after seventeen and a half years of or even fully eighteen years of caring nothing about sports other than it being the thing that takes data way you know. Just no interest has become a passionate passionate Kansas City chiefs fan To to to a great extent and it's fascinating to watch cause I'm watching my own childhood. It's so interesting I I had this moment. She doesn't know that much about it she. She's learning all the time and she just she. She fell. Patrick Mahomes quarterback and you know it built. Isn't he's a magician. He's a magician is an absolute magician. But we had this moment and I and I love this so much we were watching and they you know they went away to New York to show a highlight and they showed a running back there on the one yard line. I don't even remember what team it was online. They handed the running back. He jumps over the pile to score score the touchdown and it's a play that people who have seen sports watch football s seen a thousand times. But she'd never seen that before it and she said my gosh he just jumped over them like outage due out and it was so great it was just such a cool feeling of seeing her. Discover over this thing that we've just taken for granted and we shouldn't.
"harry houdini" Discussed on Kickass News
"Author of four books including the Number One New York Times bestseller paternal and now he's out with his latest book titled The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini. Joe Welcome to the PODCAST. Thank you thanks for having me. Well Joe I have been a magic fan ever since I was a kid performing in my parents backyard so this book was a really really refund read for me but it's a little bit of a departure for you. It would seem because here you are. You're a sports guy and usually there's not much overlap in the Vin Diagram of sports fans and magic agic fans. Where does your interest in Harry? Houdini come from yeah. It's funny leering. You give you that very nice introduction. I was sitting there thinking. Wow how did that guy and bring writing a book about Harry Houdini. There is a little crossover. Okay so for me it. No there isn't you're you're one hundred percent right in fact what are the magicians who's is in the book Joshua J. says that in the Ven Diagram between magic and sports it's him like he's the only person in that little sliver so so you're one hundred percent right but I wanted to write this book about wonder. I had this idea that we you know we used to and when I say we I mean people you know in in. Houdini is time and babe. Ruth's time they used to really enjoy. You know wonder and this idea of this. There are things things that are impossible and beyond belief and so on and you know guy like Babe Ruth was bigger. I think than any athlete could ever be today. Hey you know Babe Ruth used to. They used to tell stories of being on the train and sports writers following him and then in sports writers would be playing cards and Babe Ruth would run through through the train and then he'd be chased by half naked woman with a knife and and the sports writers would like all look at each other and they'd say okay. WHO's dealing next? Because they weren't going to write eight about it you know they weren't going to actually tell anybody and I don't think in the age of twitter at that would play in today's world so so I thought you know there's so much that we've gain but what have we lost and to me. You know you talk about wonder you're talking about magic and you talk about magic. You're talking about Harry. Houdini and and here here we are you know. Today is Halloween so we are you know ninety three years after his death. And here's this guy who still lasts. You know people still care hear about it. Know about and and talk about and You know I I. When I started writing the book I I had a Google News? Alerts set up for every time. Houdini he's name was mentioned in a paper anywhere or online or whatever. The case may be and every single day every single day since I started the book. There's something thing usually ten things or things that mentioned Houdini whether it's in politics and and some politician escaped a crisis or a sports moment where You know quarterback escaped a sack or or just you know life moment where a dog keeps escaping from a yard. Houdini is still so much with us and I was. Why what is it about this guy that that still stays with us? You know so many years later and and so there is. It started in some weird way with sports but but it definitely led to this whole new world that I knew absolutely nothing about which was which was wonderful. And it's funny that you mentioned Babe Ruth because as you know I said that there wasn't much overlap. But in some ways Houdini fans sort of resemble baseball fans in that they never saw him perform live. They probably never saw a movie of his act in the same way that most modern baseball fans never saw ty Cobb or Jackie Robinson play but they love the stories. It's all about telling these legends. Isn't it absolutely right. It's so funny among baseball fans. There's there's the famous called shot that Babe Ruth supposedly hit against the cubs where he pointed pointed In the world series and then hit a home run to the spot where he pointed. And there's like this grainy homemade footage and you can't can't really tell anything it looks like Babe. Ruth is maybe in the in the photo but it's in the so hard to tell and yet that is still a legend that people tell to this day. We we don't don't even know if it's real we don't even know if it's true and in that's the perfect an analogy to to Houdini who did all of these amazing escapes. You know some of them famous in in the way that you know the water torture salary or the MIRA cops might be famous and so many of them mm-hmm which he did one time in town because the towns you know carpenters decided to build a box that would hold houdini prisoner or in Chicago Kaga. They put him inside a football to try to get out of this. So all of these wonderful things that were one time only for a very small audience comparatively speaking thing and yet we're still talking about it and I think that was the it's the power of escape. It's the power of his showmanship But I think it's also just our hunger anger for for these kinds of wonderful stories and mysteries like you mentioned in. It's interesting that he's become such a part of our culture because it's not like there weren't other famous magicians Russians in Houdini zero like Howard Thurston and Keller etc yet. Somehow no one outside of hardcore magic fans remember those names or even other celebrities of of the day like Al Jolson. But everyone's still knows Houdini. It's exactly right and you as a as someone who has you know has had a life interest in magic knows that not not only was there Thurston Kellar and and and so many others. They were better than Houdini. You know I mean. Houdini was was not a great magician. Addition an escape artist he was he was a showman. He was someone who who kept finding new ways to sort of pare escape in danger and and he captured the imagination but he wasn't a great card magician or a great sleight of hand magician or someone who did these wonderful illusions the way that that Thurston dead and yet he was so good at building the legend of himself building this larger than life figure that he has blotted all all of them out and blotted out many magicians today. Like if if you ask somebody who's the most famous magician in the world they might say David Copperfield and they might say David Blaine. They they might say Penn and teller and that's about it or they're going to say Houdini because because even now he he still manages the sort of blood out all the other the competition and and somehow be at the top which you know knowing who Dini's ego and ambition and drive would undoubtedly hardly make him very very happy and have to imagine that Houdini must have been a difficult subject to look into because there are so many different versions of the man so many rabbit holes roles and stories that turned out not to be true or can't be verified. Did it make for frustrating research process. It's interesting because I write about a guy named Ken Silverman. Who wrote I think what what most people inside of magic would still consider the the the best Houdini biography ever? You know the one that that really tried to separate fact and fiction and myth and truth and all of these things. I came at it from a very different perspective which made what what would have been a frustrating thing. If I was trying to write a straight biography of Houdini. That would've frustrated me to no end like you hear this great story and and okay. I'm writing at Minot. No it wasn't wasn't true but for me. The the lies and the myths and the misdirection. It was part of the story. You know I it was it. It was fun for me to find out. This is actually true because because even though it wasn't true it's a story that that built his legend built historian and my book is is really about. You know wonder today and and what. Houdini teaches us about that. And about all of these people whose lives were were altered by him and changed by him and inspired by him and so so all of these great stories like one of my favorite points of the book is. There's a very famous story of Houdini performing for the czar in Russia right And and supposedly he said you. Can you know. Ask Me for anything and as I said can you make the bells of the Kremlin ring again. They have not wrong for more than a century. Can you make them ring again. And Houdini went to the window and did did some sort of Majesty Hocus pocus move waved of anchor. Jeff and the bells of the Kremlin rang and a story. Is that Houdini. He's wife. BESS had a little air gun that she shot at the bell to make them ring again. It is entirely untrue. From from the very beginning of the story he did not perform for like nothing about that story is true. But that story was invented by Orson Welles the the the the great film director so too so on the one hand. You're like Oh that can't tell that story and then on the other hand not only can tell it but I can tell that Houdini you you know his his power was so great that he inspired one of the Great Film Directors of All Time Twenty five years after who staff to invent this beautiful story of Houdini fooling the the czar of Russia. And it's it's you know that that to me was so much. Fun was not only getting into the mess because I tell them you know as many of them as I can in this book there but I'd never tell you you know that I tell you right away. I never tell you that it's the truth. I always say you know this. This is this is mythology and that actually very interestingly for me as a writer for you as a as a creator it offered an opportunity to do something which I've I've always wanted to do which was try to write magically try to create a little a little allusion a little magic trick. There's there are a couple of chapters in particular that I love because there's a there's a there's a beginning there's a middle. There's an just like the great magic trick. There's there's suspense expense. And then and then what you think is real and then what is actually real and You know Houdini was the ideal subject to try that kind of writing. Yeah Yeah. It's amazing that Houdini wasn't just reinventing his own story but now he's inspired other people to reinvent his story and I think I remember that story of Tim Making the the bells at Saint Basil's ring from the Adrian Brodie mini series on history channel..
The Man From Beyond Nearly Killed Harry Houdini
"Harry Houdini. Now the story starts at Niagara Falls. So that's where we'll begin. Most people relate Niagara Falls with the image of someone going over in a barrel. I will take a look at the fall and a flow of water of over three thousand one hundred sixty tons as per second. The word formidable fits the first person to go over. The false was anti Edison Taylor sixty three year old schoolteacher who took took the plunge in an oak pickle barrel five feet long three feet around the year was nineteen o one. The entire event from climbing into the barrel to climbing now took twenty minutes. She died April Twenty Ninth Nineteen Twenty one now. Remember that date magician. Harry Houdini Love I. Love Niagara Falls. Visited them numerous times with his wife. Beth he told her that he was drawn to the false by their sheer power. Houdini Cop Film Own Bug in eighteen ninety nine and nineteen one the same year. That Annie Edson Taylor made her plunge over the falls he made. They dispersed movie. His second film was a Hollywood feature film the grim game and came out in nineteen nineteen. It was successful enough that he went on to make the third film. The man from beyond most exciting action took place at Niagara Falls was filmed the same day as the passing of an Edison. Taylor who was the first to go over the falls in a barrel Harry. Houdini was athlete from a young age in as a teen when numerous metal simple diving and swimming events held in and around New York he could oldest breath for five minutes and had the ability to slow his heart rate although oh he was a magician in that he was accomplished in both cards and coin. Magic he found his calling as an escape artist and the marketing of that talent taking on all challengers in the process the effected combined his skills of Escape and working while underwater was best demonstrated when he was shackled. Cool hand and foot locked in a packing crate and lowered into a river when it came time to film the ban for beyond Houdini is the hero was due to rescue the heroin from going over Niagara Falls. The actress was strapped into a harness with cables could be reeled out or pulled in she. He was filmed clinging to a rock just above the edge of the falls airy was to swim to take her off the raw swimmer to safety but Houdini would have none of the leather harness in cables he started upstream so he could swim with the current but when he neared the boulder heroin clung to the speed of the water was was a champion ten miles per hour as he neared the boulder was cleared to his wife film crew that he was out of control and was be swept along faster Astra than he could swim. The story goes that the actress saw that Houdini was in trouble and extended her arm which he gratefully took and essentially clung to her as she was pulled in needle say that part of the film was cut out and it was also the last film with short lived movie career now. For the controversy there are several counts of how he wore a leather harness. Also these claims are false. The report of his rescue that I use here was taken from a portion of notes. Were not to be released until after his wife's death a similar account came from his biographer. Prefer Walter B Gibson. Gibson was a close friend of both Harry and his wife. BESS for ten years after Houdini. Death best kept a candle burning. And during a CEOS each halloween she would attempt to make contact she finally gave the event and the candle to Walter. B Gibson who who continued with the annual sales until giving charts or the same seance to magician dorothy dietrich the man from beyond that nearly killed Harry.
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"harry houdini" Discussed on KGO 810
"From the gateway to the west this coast to coast AM with George Noory and welcome back to coast to coast as we continue with the supernatural in a moment. Our very special guest, professor slim king joins us to talk about Harry Houdini for a moment. Harry Houdini was a Hungarian born American illusionist and stunt performer noted for his sensational escape, she first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US, and that is hairy handcuff Houdini on a tour of Europe where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up Sunni extended his repertoire to include chains ropes slung from skyscrapers straitjackets underwater and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it. Nine hundred four thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror keeping him in suspense for an hour and another stunt saw him buried alive. Only just able to claw himself to the surface are merging and a state of near breakdown. Now, what many suspected that these escapes were faked Houdini presented himself as a scourge of fake spiritualists? He was obsessed with trying to communicate with his dead mother and went through all kinds of mediums and people to find her. He was not successful. He told his wife Bess that when he died, they will try to communicate. He will try to come back. Harry Houdini died on October thirty first Halloween. Nineteen twenty six in Detroit. Michigan. On October thirty first nineteen thirty six ten years later at the Knickerbocker hotel in Hollywood, California. They conducted a seance to try to find an reach Harry Houdini. I. Anyway. Drank maybe. Good thing. Good. Years ago. Promise. And yet. Thirty three years..
"harry houdini" Discussed on WHAS 840 AM
"From the gateway to the west this coast to coast AM with George Noory and welcome back to coast to coast as we continue with the supernatural in a moment. Our very special guest, professor slim king joins us to talk about here. Houdini for a moment. Harry Houdini was Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer noted for his sensational escape acsi first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US, and that is Harry handcuff Houdini on a tour of Europe where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up Sunni extended his repertoire to include chains ropes slung from skyscrapers straitjackets underwater and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it nine hundred four thousand watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror keeping him in suspense. For an hour and another starts I am buried alive. Only just able to claw himself to the surface are merging and a state of near breakdown. Now, what many suspected that these escapes were faked Houdini presented himself as a scourge of fake spiritualists? He was obsessed with trying to communicate with his dead mother and went through all kinds of mediums and people to find her. He was not successful. He told his wife Bess that when he died, they will try to communicate. He will try to come back. Harry Houdini died on a Tober thirty first Halloween. Nineteen twenty six in Detroit. Michigan. On October thirty first nineteen thirty six ten years later at the Knickerbocker hotel in Hollywood, California. They conducted a seance to try to find an reach Harry Houdini. Anyway. Drank. Humanely. Now. Nice. Harry. Actually, he. You. We seekers after truth. Manifest? Eric. Good..
"harry houdini" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"The gateway to the west coast to coast AM with George Noory and welcome back to coast to coast as we continue with the supernatural in a moment. Our very special guest, professor slim king joins us to talk about here e Houdini for a moment. Harry Houdini was a Hungarian born American illusionist and stunt performer noted for his sensational escape acsi first attracted notice and Bodil in the US, and that is Harry handcuff Houdini on a tour of Europe where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up Sunni extended his repertoire to include chains ropes slung from skyscrapers straitjackets underwater and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it. Ninety four thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror keeping him in suspense for an hour and another. Him buried alive. Only just able to claw himself to the surface are merging and a state of near breakdown. Now, what many suspected that these escapes were faked Houdini presented himself as a scourge of fake spiritualists? He was obsessed with trying to communicate with his dead mother and went through all kinds of mediums and people to find her. He was not successful. He told his wife Bess that when he died, they will try to communicate. He will try to come back. Harry Houdini died on October thirty first Halloween. Nineteen twenty six in Detroit. Michigan. On October thirty first nineteen thirty six ten years later at the Knickerbocker hotel in Hollywood, California. They conducted a seance to try to find an reach Harry Houdini. Anyway. Drank. Humanely. Promise. Listening. ESPN? Thirty three years. He meeting. Time. Seekers aptitude. Manifest? Good. And they kept.
"harry houdini" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"Live from the gateway to the west. This is coast to coast AM with George Noory and welcome back to coast to coast as we continue with the supernatural in a moment. Our very special guest, professor slim king joins us to talk about here. We Houdini for a moment. Harry Houdini was a Hungarian born American illusionist and stunt performer noted for his sensational escape axe. She first attracted notice in vaudeville and the US and that is Harry handcuff Houdini on a tour of Europe where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up soon. He extended his repertoire to include chains ropes slung from skyscrapers straitjackets underwater and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it. Nine hundred four thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror keeping him in suspense for an hour and another stunt saw him buried alive. Only just able to claw himself to the surface emerging in a state of near breakdown. Now, many suspected that these escapes were faked Houdini presented himself as a scourge of fake spiritualists. He was obsessed with trying to communicate with his dead mother at one through all kinds of mediums and people to find her. He was not successful. He told his wife Bess that when he died, they will try to communicate. He will try to come back. Harry Houdini died on October thirty first Halloween nineteen twenty six in Detroit. Michigan. On October thirty first nineteen thirty six ten years later at the Knickerbocker hotel in Hollywood, California. They conducted a seance to try to find an reach Harry Houdini. Bag. Manifested in any anyway. Get drank. Maybe metastatic. You may need to..
"harry houdini" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"From the gateway to the west. This is coast to coast AM with George Noory and welcome back to coast to coast as we continue with the supernatural in a moment. Our very special guest, professor slim king joins us to talk about Harry Houdini for a moment. Harry Houdini was a Hungarian born American illusionist and stunt performer noted for his sensational escape acsi first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US, and that is Harry handcuff Houdini on a tour of Europe where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up soon. He extended his repertoire to include chains ropes slung from skyscrapers straitjackets underwater and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it nine ninety four thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror keeping him in suspense for an hour. And another starts. I am very. Alive. Only just able to claw himself to the surface are merging and a state of near breakdown. Now, what many suspected that these escapes were faked Houdini presented himself as a scourge of fake spiritualists? He was obsessed with trying to communicate with his dead mother and went through all kinds of mediums and people to find her. He was not successful. He told his wife Bess that when he died, they will try to communicate. He will try to come back. Harry Houdini died on October thirty first Halloween. Nineteen twenty six in Detroit. Michigan. On October thirty first nineteen thirty six ten years later at the Knickerbocker hotel in Hollywood, California. They conducted a seance to try to find an reach Harry Houdini..
"harry houdini" Discussed on Last Podcast on the Left
"Well they afyon he used respite nece currency of his own he used this new guy in town to impress all the other apathetic aristocrats he hung around with because at this time in russia the air stock or see were bored with the church and obsessed with the occult which makes sense is this time was in world history when the colt was extremely popular among the rich all over the world this wasn't just a russia thing in while in america it pretty much petered out thanks to the efforts of heroes like harry houdini in europe shit got really out of hand to say the least especially in places like termi with things like the full society which eventually took control of the nazis really got out of hand just saw henry's room just lightened up as the light bulb of his head just went off i know about it i rule society did not have agrarian agrarian meeting agriculture whatever just say whatever with confidence that becomes in russia though the casual nature with which the rich treated the occult to cold from within the current establishment and rotted it from the inside and that rots name was respite ooh i i put a four being called a stain anything's better than fella no common misconception is that the occult equals the devil but that isn't true it's not true the colt means what is hidden yeah exactly while it can involve satan a lot of times the colt is just another word for the supernatural and that can definitely involve the christian god of course well we're member this right because you really believe in god right the in you believe that god is a part of your life like what is more supernatural than that what is more like the idea of being in touch with an entity that can magically manifest things in your life kit up can cause natural disasters created you created the universe so the it's intrinsically the occult because a what is forever hidden the actual mechanisms and psychology of god what that is what that what that fucking entity thinks and how it feels.
"harry houdini" Discussed on WBT Charlotte News Talk
"That's what they do did you bust a lot of them oh i did out yes harry houdini would do that with mediums yeah well i had a you know the problem winter hat yes there are people who have our gifted added they had come from the right place with it but they're not a carnival act you know they're not they're not doing it for the fact because the more you do it for the money the more of gift to dissipate so then you're kind of not really doing it the way that you used to really do it and someone who does you it is able to see that you're not really at the top of your game so that is a whole nother world in it fell is what happens with that a lot of people when they're ill our frail on many psyche could be real one they can be more fragile more delicate on i believe a lot of that series because um i know when i'm downloading from that grid no i mean my body it's just the power that comes through me it's amazing and my body heat up and i've worked with us on people in the hospital i help crossover and the nurse standing there in the doors sing my god it's like a furnace in here what's going on and that was coming from me the gift to help solve crimes well that's that's uh i had came back from mexico that's another show yeah i moved back into sacramento and i picked up the phone one day long story short i called um one of my friends who what was uh a retired police officer and checked in say a i'm back.
"harry houdini" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM
"Get married to uh uh we did this woman uh two we which he called there and he really wasn't in love with her i guess he would say he had children and then when he get book it will end hey you know he stayed with their but he eventually with supposedly had affairs with this woman gene leaky and then he married gene when she path immediately afterwards and he had kids with both of them and um and and i think it would gene with more his soulmate tuesday into the spiritualism and she went behind to uh this this this thing they did harry houdini which is terrible which are the two of them cook harry houdini to atlantic city where basically she didn't say on with only houdini his wipers there how he did his wife is there too but they will add to the houdini only harry can go with us and he proceeded to vacate down harry who dini's mothers thought but the pop was that houdini knew that you when you come back from the other would you speaking you're language in that show that are mediums actually hit the language that the person spoke and lead paint we can do it was writing down in the queen's english and how houdini mother only did not speak that at all so you knew she was a fraud yeah it really upset him and that's where the relationship kinda ended would you consider him to be a serial killer he did stop i still consider him a serial killers matter of fact f you think he did one of the mood or a little after the repre crimes i was going to say because this this one month period of these murders and then to abruptly stop something had had to have happened right did they got close i it was he ever considered the suspect either i'm not going to say they would ever considered is suspect that i do it now i can't verify that that i've seen it in you know when you look up on the internet you look up in other people's books that uh his professor uh dow who that became the model for sherlock holmes um wrote a letter supposedly the scotland you always saying that he.