1912: The year Harry Houdini’s act reached its pinnacle with the Chinese Water Torture Cell. Suspended by his feet and lowered upside-down into a locked glass cabinet filled with water, Houdini had to hold his breath for more than three minutes to escape.
Ruptured appendix: The cause of Harry Houdini’s death on October 31, 1926. Two University students questioned Houdini, asking if he could indeed withstand any blow to the abdomen as the magician had previously proclaimed. Before Houdini could brace himself, he was struck. In pain and with a fever of 104 degrees, he did not seek immediate medical help and continued to perform. When Houdini finally agreed to have his appendix removed, it already ruptured and doctors saw little hope for survival. It’s hard to believe that a man who cheated death numerous times died from appendicitis.
10 years: The number of years Harry Houdini’s wife Bess spent trying to contact him from the dead. Each year on the anniversary of his death, Bess would wait to hear the phrase that Harry promised he would use to contact her. After ten years of nothing, she gave up on the ghost.
2002: The year the U.S. Postal Service introduced a Harry Houdini commemorative stamp. To honor Houdini’s deceptive prowess, they put a hidden image on the stamp that could only be seen with a special viewing lens. The image was Houdini wrapped in chains.- stampsofdistinction.com
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