“No prison can hold me; no hand or leg irons or steel locks can shackle me. No ropes or chains can keep me from my freedom.” - Harry Houdini, Hungarian-American Illusionist and Stunt Performer
Famed magician Harry Houdini's last performance took place 93 years ago today at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit. After gaining traction as Harry “Handcuff” Houdini on the vaudeville circuit, Houdini became one of the world’s most famous illusionists and stunt performers, shocking audiences by escaping from ropes, handcuffs, chains, straitjackets and other restraining devices. In 1902, Houdini founded the Society of American Magicians with the intent to “advance, elevate, and preserve magic as a performing art, to promote harmonious fellowship throughout the world of magic, and to maintain and improve ethical standards in the field of magic.” Over a century later, the S.A.M. has more than five thousand registered members and is the oldest fraternal magic organization in the world.