Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini
On October 24, 1926, legendary illusionist Harry Houdini made his last performance at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Although suffering from appendicitis, Houdini proceeded to complete his performance for the theater’s audience despite being in constant pain. A few days later he died of peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix.
Celebrated as one of the greatest illusionists of all time, Houdini had a remarkable ability to escape from handcuffs, chains, ropes and straitjackets. He also detested fake magicians and spiritualists who he believed failed to uphold the proper professional standards and spent time dedicated to exposing these fraudulent artists.
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