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Were you aware of Harry Houdini's acting career as well as his fame as an escape artist? What do you think of his acts of derring-do?

Created: 09/08/22

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davinamw

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Were you aware of Harry Houdini's acting career as well as his fame as an escape artist? What do you think of his acts of derring-do?

Arie and Fenna often go to the movies, sometimes seeing Harry Houdini films. Were you aware of his acting career as well as his fame as an escape artist? What do you think of his acts of derring-do?


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gerrieb

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RE: Were you aware of Harry Houdini'...

Yes! I was completely enthralled by Houdini as a child and had books about him and magic trick books too. I knew about his wife, Bess’s experiences with seances and Houdini’s “ mysterious “ death. I did not know about his acting endeavors.


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joanw

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RE: Were you aware of Harry Houdini'...

From seeing movies about him and reading stories about him he was one of the best escape artists for his time - the performances he did were breathtaking and utterly dangerous in every respect - each illusionist wants to be the best -


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kimk

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RE: Were you aware of Harry Houdini'...

I had absolutely no idea Houdini was an actor, and I didn't know he was also a spy! I pulled up a video of The Grim Game and watched the airplane sequence - it was amazing (even if it wasn't actually Houdini doing the stunt but a stuntman).


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christineb

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I was certainly a ware of Houdini but not his storied past. I thought the references to him throughout the book were very interesting and tied a lot of the story together.


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marks

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I had no clue about Houdini the spy or actor, but it was fun to look up informations about his while I was reading this book. Nice touch by the author and definitely helped frame the story.


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kate

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RE: Were you aware of Harry Houdini'...

Like others, I was unaware of his past with acting and the spy element. It was crazy how many people were involved in the spying, making gadgets, working undercover, etc. during that war.Now that there are so many books about world war II and this information is coming out, it is fascinating!


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cindyb

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RE: Were you aware of Harry Houdini'...

I was aware of Houdini as a performer but I didn’t realize he was also an actor and spy. The author gave her story increased credibility with Fenna’s fascination with Houdini and his illusions.


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susanr

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RE: Were you aware of Harry Houdini'...

I was aware of Houdini as an amazing escape artist but was amazed at him being an actor and also a spy!


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barbf

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Houdini was my least favorite part of the book and I thought too much time was spent on Houdini - I skimmed through that part


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JHSiess

Join Date: 06/12/22

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RE: Were you aware of Harry Houdini'...

No, I didn't know about his acting career. I only knew that he was a magician and escape artist. And, of course, that he promised to communicate with his wife if he could & she conducted numerous seances in an effort to hear from him. I have always found that sad . . . Having lost many loved ones, I know what it's like to desperately wish you could have one last converation with them.


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Sooz

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No, I only knew about his escape artist career and never heard of him as an actor or spy. That was a big surprise for me.


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reene

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RE: Were you aware of Harry Houdini'...

I was aware of Houdini as an actor, performer and escape artist. I have read about his wife and her many attempts to communicate with him after his death. It would make sense that he would be called upon to give advice on escaping to help the war effort. I did not know he was actually a spy. As to his daring escape act, I found them very difficult to watch, suffering from claustrophobia.


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Navy Mom

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RE: Were you aware of Harry Houdini'...

Yes, I was aware of Harry Houdini, I live near Appleton which he claimed was his hometown. And as a young person I remember Tony Curtis playing Houdini in a movie. He has always been interesting to me. Recently, I also read about his involvement in the hoax of Fairies in England along with author Doyle.


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