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Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery

Houdini : Unlocking the Mystery - DVD video - History channelHoudini: Unlocking the Mystery – A documentary on the life and career of Harry Houdini, using the largest auction of Houdini’ ™s personal effects ever as anchor point, talking about Houdini’ ™s life and legacy with modern day marvels such as David Copperfield and Lance Burton, as well as interviews with surviving family and (incredibly) one of Houdini’€™s assistants.

Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery

buy-from-amazon  History Channel’s documentary,  Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery  is a very enjoyable documentary on the great magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini.   It focuses more on his life and art, not on on the ‘how’€ of his art as much as the ‘€œwow’€ that he created.   It uses the occasion of the largest auction to date of Houdini’€™s props (such as his milk can used in his stage escapes, his hand cuffs, and the famous Water Torture Cell) as well as personal items.   It contains a treasure trove of photographs and film clips of the great Houdini, interspersed with interviews with later-day greats such as David Copperfield, Lance Burton, and Teller (of Penn & Teller), as well as interviews with Houdini’€™s surviving family and others.

Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery  is a very good documentary, and well worth your time watching.

Editorial review of  Houdini: Unlocking the Mysterycourtesy of Amazon.com

In one of magic history’€™s rarest events, a private collector auctioned off the largest collection of personally-owned Harry Houdini artifacts and memorabilia, providing an unprecedented peek behind the curtain at the world’€™s great showman and magician. In a feature-length special, hosted by renowned magician Lance Burton, we explore the life and magic of the great escape artist through his most prized possessions: the Chinese Water Torture Cell, the Milkcan, his straitjackets and handcuffs, and lockpicks that were ‘€œkey’€ to his handcuff escapes, revealed to the public for the first time. We also unlock secrets of the man–brash showman, fierce competitor, loyal son and husband. With expert commentary, including a great-nephew and the last surviving member of his magic troop.

 

 

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