The image of Houdini in the "grip" of the weed chains is a famous one. Houdini would use the dramatic photos in his pitchbooks. However, details of the actual escape have always been somewhat scant.
Now, super collector Arthur Moses (Houdini Speaks Out) sends over the Weed Chain Tire Grip Co's own account of the challenge from their company pitchbook, The Weed. (This also recently appeared on Kevin Connolly's superb blog, Houdini Himself.) One interesting revelation is that Houdini repeated the escape a second time in Philadelphia.
Is it just me, or does it sounds like Houdini wrote this article himself?
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Thank you, Arthur!
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