Harry Houdini, the worlds greatest escape artist is in need of a new hat. That is what brings him to Bennett & Son, Gentlemens Hatters of Fifth Avenue, where young Nathaniel G. Makeworthy Fuller is working for the summer. A surprising friendship develops between the world-famous daredevil and the boy clerk, and it comes in the nick of time.
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American Experience: Houdini
January 4, 2000 -- From Lisa, a reader from Boston who is affiliated with the site
A Jewish Hungarian immigrant, Harry Houdini was ultimately known as the greatest escape artist of the century. He confronted our greatest fears — entrapment, pain, death — and emerged victorious. A new documentary and Web site examine what drove Houdini to engineer ever more difficult escapes — all the while craving attention for his intellect.
And Now… Houdini!
June 20, 1999 -- From a reader from Charlottesville, VA who is affiliated with the site
Designed as a strong resource for information on the world’s most famous magician, And Now… Houdini reveals some little-known biographical facts about this secretive celebrity. The site also features some rare photographs of Houdini, as well as some of his publicity posters. Most unusual is the section on the history of the annual Houdini Seances, still held to this day; the site invites all to take part in an online version of the seance at Halloween.