Sunday, February 28, 2016

Houdini in New Orleans

Another day, another terrific newspaper image of Houdini that I've never seen before. This one comes from The Times-Picayune/ website which has a nice article by James Karst about Houdini's visit to New Orleans 100 years ago this week. On February 23, 1916, Houdini performed a suspended straitjacket escape from the fifth floor of The Daily States building on Canal Street.

It's interesting to read that a net was stretched out below Houdini and that a jazz band played "Brownskin, Who You For?" during the escape. This is the first I've ever heard of Houdini using a safety net or music being played during an outdoor stunt. The article also refers to the straitjacket as being white -- which would also be a first -- but looking at the image above, it appears to be the same brown jacket Houdini used for so many of his suspended escapes.


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