Thursday, March 24, 2011

Houdini Uncle and Dorothy Aunty !!

Google celebrated the birthday of world famous escape artisit, Harry Houdini, with a Google Doodle.

Harry Houdini, the legendary escape artist, was born on March 24, 1874. He would have been 137 now. Houdini pushed the boundaries of stage magic with daring escapes; his tricks involved straitjackets, being submerged, and being buried alive. If you've ever watched the likes of Criss Angel: Mindfreak, you will have seen modern-day variations of several Houdini escapes
Interestingly …. Harry Houdini had been friends with Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed that Houdini had supernatural powers. Harry Houdini's insistence that he was a normal man ruined their friendship.
While we talk and remember Houdini and how he changed the performing landscape for so called magicians and illusionists; its also worthwhile to make note of yet another small news item.
Dorothy Young, Harry Houdini's last living assistant, died on March 20, 2011 at the age of 103. Young joined Houdini's company as a teenager after attending an open casting call during a family trip to New York. During her year with Houdini's stage show in the mid-1920s, she played the role of "Radio Girl of 1950," emerging from a large mock-up of a radio and performing a dance routine.
(Note - hardly any of the content above barring a few words have been written by me. they have been picked up from online articles on Houdini and Dorothy)

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