“The three most famous names in history are Jesus Christ, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Houdini.”
-George Bernard Shaw
As the terrestrial existence of Jesus Christ is a matter of some dispute among professional historians, and as there is no question that Sherlock Holmes was entirely fictitious, then at least as far as George Bernard Shaw is concerned, the most famous name of any person in verifiable history is that of the master escapologist and showman, Harry Houdini, whose 137th birthday was (rather, would have been) last Thursday, March 24th.
In honor of the auspicious occasion of Houdini’s birth, it seemed only fitting that I should compose a haiku:
Showman, conjurer, icon.
Now, as a professional escapologist and conjurer myself, and as one who is therefore deeply indebted to the late, great Harry Houdini, a single haiku seemed like too meager a tribute, so in the spirit of homage, veneration and cross-dressing, I offer the following photographs, which I took last week during a Houdini-inspired photo shoot.
I hope you enjoy them.