By Patricia Reaney
Handcuffs, shackles, a torture chamber and straitjacket used by renowned escape artist Harry Houdini will be part of a major exhibit that delves into the life and legend of the world famous magician.
"Houdini: Art and Magic," which opens on Friday at The Jewish Museum, will feature a recreation of the Chinese Water Torture Cell, which Houdini used to enthrall huge audiences with his daring, death-defying escapes.
"The show is an interdisciplinary exhibition. We integrate historic posters, broadsides, photographs, film and Houdini's magic apparatus with contemporary pieces," said Brooke Kamin Rapaport, the curator of the exhibit at the Manhattan museum.
Harry Houdini, who was born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest in 1874, immigrated with his family to rural Appleton, Wisconsin when he was a child. After a stint as a circus performer in the 1890s he become a magician
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