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He began his magical career in 1891, but it was not until the turn of the century that Harry Houdini made his big break into the magical world. He successfully challenged police to lock him up in Scotland Yard, earning the title “The Handcuff King,” and held his breath for more than three minutes to escape the famous Chinese Water Torture Cell. What was it about the early 20th century that made it possible for Wisconsinite Houdini to create his world of illusion?

Episode Credits

  • Norman Gilliland Host
  • Lauren Kroiz Guest

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