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The Secret Life of Houdini by William Kalush
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Sep 19, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: biography
Read in August, 2007

This guy, seriously, was a brilliant magician, and a very shrewd businessman. He performed a trick called "needles." He would take a handful of needles, stick one in his face and then walk around the audience members, letting them insert needles anywhere in his face they wanted to (except his eyes). Once in, usually 24 needles in all, he would take them out and eat them one by one with a red string. Then he would call a doctor on stage to look into his mouth to verify that all of the needles were gone. Yes, of course they were. He asked the doctor to look again, and in the back of his mouth was the red string. The doctor would take hold of the string and slowly pull it out of his mouth. It would be over 24 feet long and attached to this string were all of the needles intact. Amazing!

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