American Experience: Houdini

American Experience: Houdini

Director: Nancy Porter

Cast: Nancy Porter, David Copperfield, E.L. Doctorow, Al Hirschfeld

     
 
Harry Houdini was performing in a circus with his wife when he began dreaming about an even bigger career. This film recalls the highlights of his career, including his 1912 stunt that established him as the world's greatest escape artist. In that instance, Houdini had himself lowered into New York's East River in a crate that was wrapped in chains. In less than a

Overview

Harry Houdini was performing in a circus with his wife when he began dreaming about an even bigger career. This film recalls the highlights of his career, including his 1912 stunt that established him as the world's greatest escape artist. In that instance, Houdini had himself lowered into New York's East River in a crate that was wrapped in chains. In less than a minute, he escaped and came to the surface as both an admired and famous man. Archival footage and dramatic re-creations performed by professional escape artist Bob Fellows allow viewers to revisit some of Houdini's major stunts. On-camera interviews with such people as illusionist David Copperfield, psychic claims investigator James Randi, and many others shed light on Houdini's performing techniques. Actor Mandy Patinkin narrates this probing looking into this performer's life.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
UPC:
0841887015134
Original Release:
1999
Source:
Pbs (Direct)
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:00:00
Sales rank:
60,841

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Experience: Houdini
1. Becoming Harry Houdini [8:21]
2. The Escape Artist [10:06]
3. Involving the Public [8:54]
4. Harrowing Water Escapes [8:20]
5. The Final Stunt [7:04]
6. Exposing Spiritualists [7:43]
7. End Credits [1:17]

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