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Subject: Arts: Performing Arts

The Biographies Series: Performing Arts

23 of 51 programs from the The Biographies Series, which offer in-depth and personal studies of celebrated people in Performing Arts. Other focus areas in the series include: History; Photography; Psychology; Click for more


"An enthralling documentary of the man whose performances left people spellbound, and who brought magic to a new level of entertainment." -National Media Review
Magician and stunt performer Harry Houdini is widely regarded as the greatest escapologist of all time. Although he personally claimed to have been born in Appleton, Wisconsin, April 6, 1874, he actually was born Ehrich Weisz on March 24, 1874, in Hungary. His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1878 and after living briefly in Appleton, they moved to New York City where the young Ehrich became fascinated with the art of trapeze as well as magic and evolved into Harry Houdini. For a while he billed himself as "The King of Cards," but his true fame grew as he experimented and perfected his incredible escape acts. This exceptional biography of the legendary performer features rare photographs and vintage footage from many of his escape performances, and several of his movie appearances; it also explore his life and struggles to make it to the top. Interviews with Houdini's niece, Marie Blood, as well as Houdini experts and famous magicians give true insight into the magician's often-difficult private life. Produced by the Wisconsin Ed. Comm. Board. 98/08DR Closed-Captioned IJSCA 30 min.

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