From humble beginnings doing magic at Coney Island Amusement Park to the New York Hippodrome in the prime of his illusionist career, Houdini was one of the most fascinating entertainers in history. His repertoire covered magic, escape, and illusion. The only one to challenge him in these areas was himself. He strove to improve upon his “tricks” even to the point of danger. Houdini was also an actor and a professional “skeptic and debunker” of “Spiritualists” who claimed to be able to contact the dead.