Hungarian-American magician and escape artist.
Printed Program Signed, “Houdini / may 15/1924 / ‘my brain is the key that sets me free,'” in pencil, diagonally on the right of a program, presumably in New York, which lists the speakers: Frederick A. Stokes, toastmaster; Harry Houdini, a Magician Among the Spirite; A. E. Wiggam, Selling Science to the Public; and The Hon. Royal S. Copeland, United States Senator from New York, “The Value of a Title.”
For the majority of his career, Harry Houdini performed his act as a headliner for vaudeville shows. He was the highest paid performer in American vaudeville for many years. In the last two years of his life (1925/26), he launched his own full evening show which he called, “Three Shows in One — Magic, Escapes, and Fraud Mediums Exposed.” He died of a ruptured appendix in 1926.
Framed (with a photograph of Houdini in chains, in a gold frame, with a red inner mat and a tan outer mat) dimensions: 16 1/2 inches wide by 13 inches high.
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