Christopher Bray

Houdini looks bound to captivate us forever

With his spectacular escape stunts the brilliant showman knew precisely how to snare his audience

Houdini holds on to a railing by his chin while bound in a straitjacket in the film The Grim Game. Credit: Getty Images

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