Raphael and Co. dined with me at the Place Blanche and then we went to the Alhambra, and I was introduced to the manager, a young and extremely English man who could scarcely speak any French. Houdini (an American) the 'handcuff king' was the principal attraction. It appears that this man really has a gift for getting out of handcuffs and picking locks. he certainly did some extraordinary things last night - including one in which Raphael's overcoat took a share. Raphael told me that Houdini "had got out of all the principal prisons in the world". In Germany he challenged the police to put him in a cell that he couldn't escape from. They took the challenge and he won. But they denied that he had won (from motives of policy). he brought an action against them which lasted three years (costs £1000) and ultimately gained the day.
|Houdini (and wife) Paris 1905|