Since 1907 and throughout the 1910s, Houdini had a great success performing in the United States. He escaped from various prisons, handcuffs, chains, ties, and straitjackets, often in a state-dependent on a rope saw directly by the audience from the street. It’s because of a large number of imitators, on January 15, 1908, Houdini no longer carried out “the act of escaping handcuffs” but he changed it by starting to escape from a locked milk canister and filled with water. Apart from that, if you love a safe magic performance for your kids instead of the dangerous one, we recommend you to call the safest kids magician gold coast.
Houdini’s action received many challenges from the audience. Houdini accepted and made a challenge to the public to make traps that could hold him, including nailed wooden crates (sometimes put in water), boilers (heating tanks) nailed iron, wet cloth, even to free themselves from the belly of a whale stranded on the Boston beach. There are also brewers in Scranton, Pennsylvania and other cities challenging Houdini to escape from a barrel filled with beer.
Houdini did not use the idea that he was assisted by spirits, as did magician Davenport Brothers and others. Houdini’s advertisements show that he escaped by “teleportation” or “dematerialization” even though Houdini himself never said he had supernatural powers.
In 1926, Houdini, who was aging, was still victorious even though he was already 52 years old. At the end of his life, Houdini even became a guest lecturer at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
“He looks tired and pale,” wrote Jim Steinmeyer in The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston Versus Houdini (2011).
Jocelyn Gordon Whitehead had heard Houdini brag about being able to hold a punch in the stomach with a technique to tighten the abdominal muscles.
Whitehead challenged Houdini to prove what he said. Even though he was old and tired, Houdini allowed Gordon to punch his stomach.
Holding her ill, Houdini went to Detroit to hold a show in Michigan’s largest city. Until Detroit, he had to be taken to the hospital because of unbearable pain in his stomach.