We had a couple of Houdini imitator posts on the blog over the last few days, so let’s see what Harry did to thwart them. Houdini starts with a counter punch and publishes this book, “Handcuff Tricks Exposed” in 1910. With copycat acts coming from all sides to cash in on Houdini’s success, something had to be done. Houdini came up with this book to stem the tide he was up against. This would be his first salvo towards all that wanted to cash in on his fame.
One hundred years later, this scenario has repeated itself time and time again. It happens in magic and entertainment in general. When an act, TV show, movie etc. are very good, it’s just a matter of time till someone will want to try to reproduce the formula. As we all have seen in our lifetimes, these knock-offs of the originals rarely work. In my opinion, they cheapen the original concept by doing it. Maybe Houdini was right to take the steps he did?
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