From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold out concert halls in Europe, Part 1 of Houdini follows the rise of the boy Erich Weiss as he becomes the man Harry Houdini, master ...
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From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold out concert halls in Europe, Part 1 of Houdini follows the rise of the boy Erich Weiss as he becomes the man Harry Houdini, master escapologist. The rabbi's son from Wisconsin is the epitome of the American Dream as he makes his way through the early 20th century vaudeville craze and emerges as America's first bonafide world renowned superstar.Written by
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In Houdini's private performance for Kaiser Wilhelm II, he asks a German Army officer to fire the rifle in his "catch the bullet" trick. The officer gives his rank as Oberstleutnant, which translates as Lieutenant Colonel. However, Houdini addresses him as "Lieutenant," which is several ranks below that of Lieutenant Colonel. Furthermore, "Lieutenant Colonel" is never shortened to just "Lieutenant," if shortened it is shortened to "Colonel." See more »
One way or another, we all want to escape. When ordinary life shackles us we need to get away. Get away from boredom, from pain, from fear. But not me. Fear is how I know I'm alive. Unlike other people I don't escape life. I escape death. Hell of a way to make a living.
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