Harry Houdini

Escapologist and illusionist, Harry Houdini, performed at the Hippodrome during three variety weeks, two in 1904 and one in 1908; firstly, demonstrating his handcuff act and then with his underwater escapology act. During his 1904 appearances, he borrowed a ‘straight waistcoat’ from the authorities of HM Prison Birmingham, Winson Green and constructed a model of a Birmingham police cell on the stage from which he escaped during every performance.