We must remember though that the most famous magician of them all wasn't a magician he was an escape artist. Harry Houdini, shunned the name magician, but never the less made magic big, in the same way David Blaine is doing that with these stunts.
I get so sick of hearing that. Houdini was a talented MAGICIAN and not just an escape artist. He became famous and synonymous with escapes because he performed then more and more often because thats what his audiences back then enjoyed, like they like levitations right now. Houdini was talented with card manipulation, and performed (and maybe invented too? I can't remember) a needle tying effect very well. He was also a good mentalist because he performed spiritualist effects good enough to where lots of people that believed that type of thing swore Houdini was the real deal but only claimed it was fake for whatever reason.
So no, I'm sorry but Houdini was not just an escape artist. Escape artists are boring, just like stuntmen, and barely get famous if they ever do. Beleive it or not, when Houdini performed his shows, he did do magic! I get so tired of hearing that myth that Houdini was only an escape artist mainly and that was the only thing he was good at doing really because its just not true.