Harry Houdini


houdiniandmom.jpgHoudini and his mom. 1908 Harry Houdini, the famous magician, daredevil, and Spiritualist exposer, performed in Rochester in 1907. The event was his first manacled bridge jump and enjoyed by a crowd of thousands. He leapt from Weighlock bridge and emerged from the water within fifteen seconds.

Following the jump he noted in his personal diary: "Ma saw me jump!" - see photo at right.

The event was filmed, and archival footage of this performance allegedly exists at the George Eastman House.

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