Friday, April 30, 2021

Houdini the spoiler


I've read a lot of newspaper reports of Houdini's escapes, but I've never read anything quite like the one below. This is an account of a challenge packing case escape at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas, on November 15, 1923. Enjoy.

Victoria Advocate, Nov. 16, 1923.

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  1. How dare he get out so fast! lol. Or how dare he get out at all. He has ruined a good story, LOL. Some reporters just dont get it I guess.

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    1. I pretty sure this was written entirely tongue in cheek. It's a pretty funny way to cover Houdini at this point. He always escapes! I could see this reporter knocking this out with a smile, figuring no one would read or remember it. 98 years later...

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  2. I suspect that by 1923 Harry realized audiences were not going to sit for an hour waiting for him to escape. Those days were over.

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  3. That is absolutely hilarious! I'm sure Houdini got a chuckle out of that...if he read it?

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  4. Haha!! Love witty journalists! Thanks for sharing this.

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