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Hippodrome - Harry Houdini Hippodrome performers

Plaque: Hippodrome - Harry Houdini

Erection date: 3/10/2013

Inscription

Escape artist, Harry Houdini, appeared here February to April 1904, with the Mirror handcuff challenge.
The Hippodrome Theatre
"My brain is the key that sets me free"

The plaque refers to the London Daily Mirror newspaper which challenged Houdini to escape from special handcuffs. On 17 March 1904 during a matinee performance Houdini took the challenge and, apparently, struggled for an hour to escape. He succeeded but there is debate still about whether the Mirror colluded in the trick.

Site: Hippodrome performers (4 memorials)

WC2, Cranbourn Street, Hippodrome casino

Left to right down the plaques are: Forsyth, Davis, Garland, Houdini, which we think is the sequence of erection.

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Hippodrome - Harry Houdini

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Daily Mirror newspaper

Tabloid newspaper.  Created by Alfred Harmsworth, initially as a paper for wo...

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Harry Houdini

Escape artist.  Born Erik Weisz in Budapest.  Later names include: Ehrich Wei...

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London Hippodrome

From Hippodrome Casino: "Originally opened in 1900 by the renowned theatre ar...

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Hippodrome - Harry Houdini

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Hippodrome - Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce appeared eight times between May 1964 and February 1981 and unveile...

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Hippodrome - Judy Garland

Judy Garland, 1922 - 1969, "The greatest entertainer who ever lived" performe...

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Hippodrome - Sammy Davis Jr.

Unveiled by Bruce Forsyth.

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