Today sees the opening of Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini at The Breman Museum in Atlanta Georgia. The exhibition will be on show until August 11.
Harry Houdini wasn’t born. He was invented.
The world’s most famous magician began life as Erik Weisz, the son of a Hungarian rabbi. In 1878 immigration to the U.S. transformed Erik Weisz into Ehrich Weiss. It was the first of many transformations for the man who would become the first international superstar.
Inescapable, curated by performer and magician David London, tells the story of how Ehrich Weiss became Harry Houdini and investigates the technologies, marketing prowess and entertainment trends that transformed him into a superstar. On one level, the exhibit is pure fun – incorporating magic, escapes, seances, films, rare artifacts and hands-on illusions. On a deeper level, the exhibit pulls back the curtain, revealing the story of the man behind the image.
The museum has announced their lineup of related events, including my own talk on Houdini in Early Cinema on July 14 at 2:00 PM. Hope to see you there!
For more details on Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini visit the Breman Museum website or follow them at Facebook and Twitter.
UPDATE: 'Inescapable' extended in Atlanta, next stop Milwaukee.