Houdini's first interview of 1916 begins like this:
Houdini walked into the Orpheum office yesterday afternoon at the close of his "escape act," threw himself into a chair, took a very long breath, sank back as far as possible, then took another deep breath inhalation, and relaxed with a "well-I'm-glad-that's over" sort of expression on his face.
"Say, describe that sensation," said the interviewer. "How do you feel when you emerge from that cell of torture?"
Houdini sat up straight, looked into the distance and began to think. "Well I can't describe it," he replied. "I've tried to, but it's no use. It's such a peculiar sensation, it's hard to tell what it's like. I feel as though a great weight was thrown off, or that I had been relieved of a great responsibility. Yes, I am always a little exhausted, and can't help feeling glad that the act is over in safety."
This post is now retired.
But you will still be able to enjoy the story of Houdini in 1907 with the publication of my upcoming book.
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