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Escape artist Harry Houdini is shown in chains in this photo circa 1899. (Associated Press, file)

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Escape artist Harry Houdini is shown before being lowered in a packing crate into the ice-covered Detroit River in 1907. (Associated Press, file)

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An undated photo of performer and magician Harry Houdini. (Associated Press, file)

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Harry Houdini, handcuffed, and with his feet bound in chains, dives into pool at Los Angeles, May 7, 1923.

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An undated photo of performer and magician Harry Houdini. (Associated Press, file)

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Harry Houdini is shown performing a feat, Feb. 1, 1954. Location unknown. (Associated Press, file)

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An undated photo of performer and magician Harry Houdini. (Associated Press, file)

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Magician Harry Houdini performs a rope escape, left, and a card trick in these undated photos. (Associated Press, file)

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John Bohannon of the Society of American Magicians performs the annual "ritual of the broken wand" Oct. 31, 1980 in New York, over the grave of the extraordinary magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. Some 250 persons attended the rite in which Bohannon broke a magician's wand over Houdini's grave. At right is Larry Weeks. (Associated Press, file)

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Performer and magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween 1926 in a Detroit hospital. He was 52. Here is a look back at his life.