Houdini Essay

1094 words - 4 pages

Magic is the second oldest profession that exists today. It has not always been

accepted by the people. In medieval times people who were thought to practice magic were

sentenced to death. Around the mid 1900's magic began to serve as entertainment. Magic

is an ability that requires a lot of skill and patience. In this time it was very difficult to make

a living out of magic. There are many types of magic, some examples are : close up magic,

stage magic, mentalism, illusionism and escapism. The art of being an escape artist is

considered the most difficult type of magic to practice because it not only consist of a few

props and tricks but also involves physical ability. There has been one man that with hard

work and a special talent triumphed not only in close up and stage magic but as an escape

artist, his name... Harry Houdini. Houdini op to now, is considered to be the greatest

magician ever to live.

Houdini was born on April 6th , 1874, in the small town of Appleton , in the State of

Wisconsin. His real name is Ehrich Weiss. His father was Rabbi Mayer Samuel Weiss, at

that time he received a salary of$750 a year, which was a very poor salary due to the fact

that he had seven kids and a wife. After his father quit his job, they moved to Milwaukee,

where they had a very tough time getting everyone to eat. Houdini's real never went to

school and he started working as an assistant with a magician. It was at this point where his

obsession for magic begun. He wasn't making enough money from this job so he quit due

to the fact that his father died. Houdini made his first appearance before an audience on

October 28, 1883. He appeared as a contortionist and trapeze performer. Later he worked

as a locksmith, electrical driller, photographer, actor, etc... During these jobs he began to

do his first handcuff tricks. The beginning of these tricks would change his whole carreer.

At the age of twenty one he began to work in freak shows and circuses. This type

of entertainment were very popular in this time because it broke with what was considered

traditional.. Houdini worked in many things at a time . He worked as a fake wild man and

other conn jobs, but he also had a small magic show, "The Great Houdini." During this time

she did not like him, but finally they got married and got their own place. He went to work

as a locksmith again and he began to open hand cuffs very easily. Soon he asked his fellow

workmen to lock him in safes they...

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