here you go, I wrote an essay on Houndini, this is not my 12 page report on the history of magic
Harry Houdiniâ€™s real name was Ehrich. Houdini claimed that he was born in Appleton, Minnesota. But the truth wasnâ€™t discovered until the day he died, October 31, 1936. Houdini had many nick names, he called himself the King of Cards, then the King of Handcuffs, and many, many more. He also performed seances, where he would speak with the dead.
One of Houdiniâ€™s greatest tircks is his chinese water tank escape. He would fill a big tank up with water, get in his swim suit, and get in upside down! The tank is very tight, made just for him, then his feet would be shackled in. A padlock was put on the top door to secure him in. A curtain was drawn around him so no one could see what he was doing. People waited and assistants had axes at the ready just in case. Then out pops Houndini drenched and tired. Everyone cheers!
On my diorama the handcuffs represent all of his other amazing escapes. For example, during each and every one of his shows there would usually be someone who brought their own handcuffs, they claimed them to be inescapable. Houdini puts them on and then has them right off in a minute!
Another handcuff moment was when Houdini was stripped naked, searched, and checked, then put in a jail cell. His clothes were put in another cell, the people left then room. Seconds later he is out, not only had he released himself from the cell, he also released the other inmates! The police were not happy, but Houdiniâ€™s career sky rocketed! From there on Houdini escaped from rivers, made elephants vanish, walked through walls, took punches, swallowed needles, summoned ghosts, and made silver dollars appear from thin air.
One day a young boxer asked Houdini if he could really get punched in the stomach and take it. Houdini replied yes, so he threw not one but four punches. Houdini was unaffected at the time, but after a day he felt a little sick. It got worse over the next two days, the doctor told him his appendix was going to explode and he had appendicitis. Houdini refused to stop his show. It was a short show he could only do the needle trick and silver dollar, not water torture, or handcuffs. After that Houdini rushed to the hospital. They successfully removed it but they were too late. Houdini died on Halloween, 1936.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was interesting and factual. The theme was biography and story. It felt like a story it was so exiting. I hope you learned a couple things about Houdini.
hope you liked it