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The Trick That Fooled Houdini - Revealed
by oweosc12

In 1922, Harry Houdini was the most famous magician in the world. The forty-eight year old Houdini was so confident in his knowledge of magic that he had an open challenge to all fellow magicians - 'show me any trick three times in a row and I'll be able to tell you how you did it.' At the Great Northern Hotel in Chicago, Dai Vernon took the great Houdini up on his challenge. But Vernon would not repeat his trick three times in a row - Dai Vernon repeated it SEVEN TIMES and Houdini could not get it!


The trick Dai Vernon chose to fool Houdini with was his own version of the classic ambitious card routine, so named because the spectator's chosen card always wants to get to the top of the deck. Vernon had Houdini choose a card and then sign the chosen card with his initials 'HH'. Houdini returned his card to middle of the deck and, with a snap of Vernon's fingers, it magically appeared on the top. Houdini was astounded and Vernon repeated the trick. And then again, for the third time. 'You must have a dupilcate card!' Houdini guesses, Vernon calmly points outs: 'With your initials, Harry?' Houdini then suggests that Vernon must have used a well-known mentalist's device. But Vernon points out that Houdini's initials are written in ink. 'They make them in ink now!' Houdini splutters but no magician in the room has ever heard of these devices using ink. 'Harry you are fooled!' cries Sam Margules, a Magic Show producer and former assistant of the Whirlwind Illusionist , Horace Goldin.


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shobinja
shobinja
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March 21st 2017
2:18pm

Bahrain

Amazing....



TheMagicWizard
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February 9th 2017
8:38am

United States

That was awesome



TheMagicWizard
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February 9th 2017
8:38am

United States

😳


magicboys1523456
magicboys1523456
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December 21st 2016
6:14pm

United States

good magic trick =]


XxSyahrulxX
XxSyahrulxX
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November 27th 2016
7:06am

Malaysia

fantastic


parkint
parkint
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November 22nd 2016
7:22pm

United States

This is a fantastic use of the Double-Backed Gaff.
Very well explained.


DZSAKKA
DZSAKKA
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October 24th 2016
7:06am

Malaysia

good


amateurmagician365
amateurmagician365
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October 12th 2016
4:17am

United Kingdom

Very cool card trick and quite a bit of hand sleights very smooth and clean fantastic

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