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I'm sure this delighted Houdini. He loved this kind of free press. But even he might not have realized the greater significance here. One of the reasons Houdini remains so well known today is that his name has become part of the culture. This newspaper item documents the beginnings of that integration; the beginnings of Houdini's cultural immortality.
Bellow are a few more examples of when Houdini's name was used in politics.