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Harry Houdini
Rare Book and Special Collections Division, and Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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The Houdini component of the American Variety Stage Collection comprises 143 photographs and 29 related items of personal memorabilia that document the career of Harry Houdini, the legendary magician and "Genius of Escape Who Will Startle and Amaze." Collection materials have been drawn from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, and the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, and date from 1886 to the years following Houdini's death in 1926.
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Special Presentation
Houdini: A Biographical Chronology


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Houdini Challenge Poster

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