The Jewish Museum in New York will be opening an exhibit this week for the world famous magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini. From October 29, 2010 – March 27, 2011, visitors will be able to see posters, photographs, films, art work and magical props both used and inspired by the true legend and great magician.
Famously known as the “Handcuff King”, Houdini amazed his audiences by freeing himself from handcuffs, chains, ropes, and straitjackets, often while hanging from a rope in plain sight. One of his most famous stunts was escaping from a nailed, roped packing crate after it had been lowered into the water. Houdini first attempted this performance in our very own East River on July 7, 1912.
Although Houdini was one of the first and greatest celebrities of the 20th century, he has never been the subject of a major museum exhibition until now. Houdini died on Halloween day in 1926 and with the anniversary of his death this weekend, the exhibit is perfectly timed.
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave. (at E. 92nd St.)
Manhattan, NY 10128