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Houdini 1x57

In 1912, Harry Houdini was lowered into the East River in a packing crate wrapped in chains. The crowd of spectators gasped; reporters pulled out their stop watches. Houdini was out in 57 seconds. The resulting media blitz established him forever as the world’s greatest escape artist, on stage Houdini subjected himself to the Water Torture Cell, to being buried alive, and to other perils of his own design. Throughout his rise from Hungarian immigrant to international star, Houdini confronted our greatest fears—entrapment, pain, death—and emerged victorious.