Harry Houdini Original Escapology Prop Sack

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2015-06-26 11:02:01

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A Harry Houdini Original Escapology Prop Sack is a rare piece of magic memorabilia formerly used by the world’s most famous escapologist Harry Houdini.

Background information

Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-born magician and escapologist whose incredible feats made him famous around the world.

After starting his career in 1894, Houdini quickly became the highest paid performer on the American vaudeville circuit with his shows which saw him escape from sacks, handcuffs, crates, straightjackets and his infamous Chinese Water Torture Cell which he designed himself.

He was also famous for his war against fraudulent mediums and spiritualists, and he would often attend their performances in disguise and debunk their fake abilities.

Houdini was the longest-standing President of the Society of American Magicians, and the president of Martinka & Co, America's oldest magic company.

Item description

This green canvas sack measures 76” by 46”, and is believed to have been used by Houdini as part of his stage act circa 1915.

The sack was originally passed from Houdini’s brother, the highly respected magician and founder of the Magician's Guild Theodore Hardeen. He gifted it to a friend after his brother’s death in 1926, and until recently the sack had remained in the same family for over 50 years.

Ownership

This rare piece of historic magic memorabilia is available to purchase from Paul Fraser Collectibles, specialists in rare and unique investment-grade memorabilia.

It is currently priced at £8,500.

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