Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini

Thursday, September 26, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020 - all day

Event Details

WHEN
Thursday, September 26, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020 - all day
WHERE
Jewish Museum Milwaukee at 1360 North Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53202
CONTACT
Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM)
414-390-5730 414-390-5730
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Description

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, curated by performer and magician David London, 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.

In addition to the exploration of his early life, visitors will find sections illuminating stages of his life and career:

  • Setting the Stage describing the struggles of Houdini’s early life and the difficulties faced by his father, artifacts include a Hebrew bible that belonged to Rabbi Weiss.
  • The Self Liberator featuring a spectacular display of reproduction posters, photos and press clippings, as well as original apparatus, including a straitjacket and milk can that he used in his performances.
  • On the Cutting Edge investigates his exploration of new technologies and also features clips from his film career and a chance to listen to a rare recording of his voice.
  • Houdini’s Third Act: Exposing Frauds showcases his crusade against deceptive spiritual mediums.
  • The Final Bow/Curtain Call sets the record straight on the events that led to his death and explores the séances to contact him by his wife, Bess.

Throughout the exhibit, visitors also will have the opportunity to try out some of Houdini’s magic tricks, including the world’s smallest version of Houdini’s biggest illusion – making a five-ton elephant “vanish.”

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Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM)

Phone: 414-390-5730 414-390-5730

programs@jewishmuseummilwaukee.org
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Jewish Museum Milwaukee

1360 North Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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