When Houdini hung upside-down over Broadway

houdinionbroadway Here’s magician and master of escape Harry Houdini performing his upside-down straitjacket stunt on Broadway and 46th Street in 1907. It only took two minutes for Houdini to get out of the straitjacket once he was suspended in mid-air.

Escapologist—now that’s a great professional title.

Houdini died in 1926 from a ruptured appendix; the story goes that after giving a lecture, he let a college student punch him in the stomach to see if he could withstand the blows. He couldn’t.

He’s buried in Machpelah Cemetery in Queens. The New York Times‘ City Room blog has more on Houdini’s unkempt  grave.

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3 Responses to “When Houdini hung upside-down over Broadway”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    I love the part in the novel ‘Ragtime’ when Houdini is hanging upside down and sees a guy in a window giving him the finger. What a laugh!

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    I never saw that. Nice historical footnote!

  3. Harry Houdini on liberation « Entersection Says:

    […] Harry Houdini escaping a straitjacket while suspended upside down in Manhattan (Broadway and 46th Street, New York: 1907).Image credit: Ephemeral New York – When Houdini hung upside-down over Broadway […]

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