Escapology Day is a wonderful holiday dedicated to an art practiced only by the most daring and courageous. Escapology is the ability to get rid of handcuffs, chains, or get out of the cage. This art, as a rule, is mastered mainly by magicians and conjurers. The holiday is celebrated annually on September 21. It was on this day in 1912 that Harry Houdini performed his unique trick – escaping from a torture chamber, which was previously lowered into water.
Today, a similar trick is in the arsenal of many illusionists. However, this is not a new trick; it was often used by street performers as part of an illusion – they disappeared, reappeared, and thus convinced the audience of their unique abilities.
- Many people believed escapologists had superpowers.
- The famous Harry Houdini at first showed tricks based on sleight of hand, but gradually his performances became more complicated, and brought him worldwide fame.
- The famous Houdini water chamber cost more than 10 thousand dollars, so each escape was very expensive.
- Houdini himself invented and implemented his escapes. He always claimed that each of his performances was protected by copyright, and he sued competitors who used his techniques.
How to take part
Attend an illusionist’s performance; there are a lot on Escapology Day. Did you know there are many museums dedicated to escapology? Visit one of them – it’s exciting and informative. Try the art of illusion for yourself. Of course, getting rid of shackles is not so easy, so start simple.
When is Escapology Day in 2023?
Escapology Day is observed on September 21 each year.