Harry Houdini (1874-1926): An original escape prop sack, circa 1915,

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Lot 210
Harry Houdini (1874-1926): An original escape prop sack,
circa 1915,

£ 1,500 - 2,000
US$ 2,100 - 2,700
Harry Houdini (1874-1926): An original escape prop sack,
circa 1915,
the green, oversized, canvas sack used by Harry Houdini as a prop for some of his escapology tricks, with drawstring top, accompanied by a reproduction poster for his trick 'The Metamorphosis'.

Footnotes

  • When Houdini and his wife Bessie went out on the road in 1894, they featured an illusion called "Metamorphosis." While other magicians performed this illusion, it was the use of both a man and a woman that made theirs so successful. It was this trick that gained the Houdini's their first big tour with the Welsh Brothers Circus in 1895.

    Provenance: A gift from Houdini's brother, Theo (who was also a magician and escape artist who went by the name 'Hardeen'), to a mutual friend following Houdini's death. It was then in the possession of the mutual friend's family.

    Ex-lot Christie's "Pop Culture: Film & Entertainment Memorabilia" sale, 23rd November 2011.
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Harry Houdini (1874-1926): An original escape prop sack, circa 1915,
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