Death & Harry Houdini

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Death & Harry Houdini
Photograph: Michael Brosilow
Dennis Watkins in the House Theatre of Chicago's Death and Harry Houdini

This episodic biography of the early 20th century’s most famous escape artist and illusionist was the House Theatre of Chicago's inaugural show back in 2001, with illusions designed by actor-magician Dennis Watkins. The show has become to the company what Lookingglass Alice is to Lookingglass—a signature piece that it revisits periodically. The 2016 edition is its first staging in three years.

Event website: http://www.thehousetheatre.com/
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Irina G
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The coolest thing about this show, besides everything, is that the magician who plays Harry Houdini, is actually performing a lot of Houdini's actual stunts, including the chinese water torture tank stunt. After watching this play, I went on a rampage with researching everything I could about the story of Harry Houdini and vaudeville; the play made me actually sad that vaudeville was overtaken by cinema, because it looks like such a, excuse my language, 'MAGICAL' time period! The performers were engaging, both in their acting, singing, and tricks and with the audience participation, and the space is intimate such that as you watch the magic tricks you still wonder how they are doing it. Like WHERE did that goldfish come from! It is beautifully done and a must see, especially if you have any interest in the coolest of magic tricks ever performed.