INESCAPABLE: THE LIFE & LEGACY OF HARRY HOUDINI // EXHIBITION
June 24, 2018 – January 21, 2019: Jewish Museum of Maryland – Baltimore, MD
April 14, 2019 – August 11, 2019: The Breman Museum – Atlanta, GA
Harry Houdini wasn’t born. He was invented.
The world’s most famous magician began life as Erik Weisz, the son of a Hungarian rabbi. In 1878 immigration to the U.S. transformed Erik Weisz into Ehrich Weiss. It was the first of many transformations for the man who would become the first international superstar.
Inescapable tells the story of how Ehrich Weiss became Harry Houdini and investigates the technologies, marketing prowess and entertainment trends that transformed him into a superstar. On one level, the exhibit is pure fun – incorporating magic, escapes, seances, films, rare artifacts and hands-on illusions. On a deeper level, the exhibit pulls back the curtain, revealing the story of the man behind the image.