Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery

Ratings: 6.30/10 from 10 users.


Houdini: Unlocking the MysteryIn one of magic history's rarest events, a private collector auctioned off the largest collection of personally-owned Harry Houdini artifacts and memorabilia, providing an unprecedented peek behind the curtain at the world's great showman and magician.

In a feature-length special, hosted by renowned magician Lance Burton, we explore the life and magic of the great escape artist through his most prized possessions.

The Chinese Water Torture Cell, the Milkcan, his straitjackets and handcuffs, and lock-picks that were key to his handcuff escapes, revealed to the public for the first time.

We also unlock secrets of the man - brash showman, fierce competitor, loyal son and husband. With expert commentary, including a great-nephew and the last surviving member of his magic troop.

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12 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Teamtigerpaw

    This was a fun one. Historical and entertaining. Thanks

  2. cezen

    Why is Teller's face blacked out/shadowed during his interview about when Houdini was punched in the stomach?

  3. HHV

    @cezen Because Teller doesn't ever speak on camera - it's his genius.

  4. Waldo

    @ cezen

    As HHV has already said, because he has made a career out of never speaking on camera. And yes HHV I agree, he is a genuise.

    @ Everyone

    This man is my hero, mostly for his fight against spiritualism and its explotation of peoples grief over lost loved ones. But, also because he was able to amaze us and give so many people that desperatley needed it hope. Yet he never claimed to be anything more than a mortal man.

    In a way this is the very thing that I love about science. It shows us amazing and beautiful things and because it makes no claim that these things are anything other than predictable reality it makes then accessible to everyone. It shows us that the world we live in needs no additions, that it is beautiful and awe inspiring just as it really is. Bravo, a must see documentary for everyone.

  5. esmuziq

    niiice didnt knoxw the face of houdini tbh

  6. markw

    good doc thx

  7. Achems Razor

    A great doc!

  8. GUNN

    this is great, houdini rules, kinda dont know what to think about them selling his gear off against his wishes. not honoring his will.

    interesting doc though

  9. nation

    If I could hide behind curtain certainly I would be able to unlock every handcuffs...you dig me homes? The real challenge is to do it in front of the audience. Houdini is a waste of time.

  10. ravi

    wow. The man's life has is more dramatic and thrilling than any of the movies. A life well spent.

  11. elitehawk

    was it worth it.

  12. fk_censors

    I had one issue with this doc: it failed to mention Houdini's books (especially the vicious attack on his former hero, Robert-Houdin). It also would have been nice to spend more time on Houdini's relationship with his brother Hardeen. Regardless, this documentary showed why Houdini was so great, and offered an otherwise thorough look into his life and career. The contributors were great (Lance Burton, Teller, David Copperfield and the others). I think this deserves more stars than it currently has (maybe some were psychics? spiritualists? hehe)

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