The Vibe — August 5, 2022
Houdini’s “last” trick, and poop might help cure diabetes.
TODAY BUT NOT TODAY
After 91 minutes, Harry signaled to be let out.
Hate is a strong word, but Harry hated seeing magicians claim spiritual or psychic powers allow them to complete their wondrous feats. He loved exposing anyone who cheapened his genuine skill.
Rahman Bey was an Egyptian magician who stayed underwater inside a coffin for over an hour in 1926. Bey was known to claim supernatural powers aided his magic. When he challenged Houdini to complete the challenge, Harry happily obliged.
For weeks, Houdini worked on taking shallow breaths and learning to conserve his oxygen. After a couple of test runs, Harry completed the feat at the Shelton Hotel in New York on August 5, 1926.
Aside from a repeat performance a few weeks later in Worcester, Mass, the escape in the Shelton hotel is considered the last stunt Houdini ever performed.
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