"You see a trick when performed by an ordinary magician is not the same in my hands. I weave an air of romance and mystery about it and it appears in a different light, for example my card star trick, silk trick, fish bowl stack, and even Palagenesia, so when I get hold of the effect I will see what I can do with it. Remember I try out lots of tricks and throw them away."
Speaking of Houdini the magician, here's something I recently found; a 1906 lesson by Houdini on how to tie a one-hand knot ("one of my most baffling feats").
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Below are a few more memorable Houdini quotes.