Did you know?
Newspapers report that when Houdini played the Hippodrome, in 1913, thousands of people were unable to get tickets, so he put on an extra show for free out front. A crowd of 7,000 watched him being chained and handcuffed by the local police sergeant on the front steps of the theatre. Officials tried keeping him in “a variety of sacks and crates” too, but he kept getting loose. Finally, the Water Torture Chamber was wheeled into sight and the fire brigade filled it up. Harry had a little problem escaping from that as well!