Free Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival – Houdini
Houdini, portrayed by Larry Bounds. Outdoors. Arrive early for seating under the Greenville Tech Tent or bring your own lawn seating.
Harry Houdini, from his birth to his death, led a life of mystery and controversy.
He was a world renowned magician, an escape artist, an author, and an avid collector and historian. He was a pioneering filmmaker and aviator.
He debunked con men and fake mediums who used magician’s tricks to cheat the public and was the frequent subject of their death threats. He trained police officers in improved restraint techniques and wrote a guide for surviving mine collapses.
Nearly 100 years since his untimely death, Ehrich Weiss, as Houdini, remains the most famous magician in history.