Well, no matter what you may think of Houdini, he sure could draw a crowd. This is a postcard, from a series of postcards, for Houdini’s jump from Newport Bridge in 1913. Just looking at the crowd from this angle, one could easily imagine Houdini selling out that night’s performance, if not the week. Click on the photo for a larger image. If you find Houdini, you’re a better man than me, Gunga Din!
Here’s a question I never heard before. Was it a good thing to be on the bill with Houdini? I know Will Rogers said to the effect that after Houdini was done with his turn, Rogers, who followed Houdini on the bill, might as well of gone ahead and smoked his rope. The audience was worn out. That’s amazing.
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