“He became a symbol of people’s ability to escape from impossible circumstances. His career is a metaphor for freedom.”
Even a century after his death, the name Harry Houdini is synonymous with escapology, but less is known about his first great escape - how he left his Hungarian home as a child.
Netanyahu is caught up in a tangle of intertwined crises that can’t be disentangled. Chief among them: a bill that would legalize illegal settlements.
For Harry Houdini and his wife Bess, love was the most magical trick of all. In her new novel, Victoria Kelly channels the life of a master escape artist and her famous husband.
On Harry Houdini’s birthday, we take a trip to the newspaper archives of 1926 to uncover some forgotten information about the magician’s Jewish practices.
In the History Channel’s ‘Houdini’ miniseries, the famous escape artist is played by Adrien Brody. But not even the Academy Award winner can make his character seem real.
Why did the great escape artist Harry Houdini, who was born Ehrich Weiss, end up doing what he did? A new History Channel miniseries argues that it was his father who pushed him.
Mike Greenstein is the son of the legendary strongman Joe Greenstein, aka ‘The Mighty Atom.’ At 92, he can still pull a truck with a chain clenched between his teeth.
Jews made their mark in the world of illusion long before Harry Houdini — and a new generation aims to amaze. Today’s magicians talk about the Jewish side of suspending disbelief.
Perhaps it’s time to stop being surprised by the disproportionate number of successful Jews in any random profession. That’s one of the lessons to take from “Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age,” an entertaining exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on view until September 4.