Escapology Day is a wonderful holiday dedicated to art, which only the most daring and courageous own. We are talking about escapology – the ability to get rid of handcuffs, chains, 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 under water.
Today, a similar trick is in the arsenal of many illusionists, it is his magicians who use it to captivate the audience. However, it cannot be said that this is 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.
- Magicians who knew how to skillfully free themselves from the fetters – the Davenport brothers, some viewers even believed in their superpowers.
- The famous Harry Houdini at first showed tricks based on sleight of hand, but gradually his performances became more complicated, it was the numbers with shoots that brought him worldwide fame.
- The famous Houdini water chamber cost more than 10 thousand dollars, so each escape of the master 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 celebrate
Attend an illusionist performance, there are a lot of such performances on Escapology Day. Did you know that there are many museums dedicated to escapology? For example, the American Museum of Magic or the Houdini Museum. Visit one of them – it’s exciting and informative. Try yourself in the art of illusion, of course, getting rid of shackles or barriers is not so easy, but start simple.
When is Escapology Day in 2022?
Escapology Day is observed on September 21 each year.