Saturday, April 9, 2011

"Manacled as a lunatic"

Connolly Collection
The mighty Kevin Connolly over at Houdini Himself has posted several very uncommon photos of Houdini in unusual restraints early in his career. These photos appeared in the January 5, 1901 issue of the Black & White Budget when Houdini was 25. One of the captions read: "Manacled as a lunatic." Great stuff. Click the links below and enjoy at Houdini Himself.

  • Houdini Sitting And Waiting For His Birthday
  • More Weird Houdini
  • Hey Houdini! What Time Is It?
  • Houdini Finds A Friend
  • First Sign Of Stomach Problems For Houdini?
  • The Whole Story

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Kevin's site is now offline and this links are no longer active.


  1. It's funny that the "manacled as a lunatic" is on the photos of the "insane muff" restraint which isn't, AFAIK, a manacle.

  2. Oh, that's called an "insane muff"? Thanks. I was wondering what to call that.