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(Mother Nature Network)   Harry Houdini: Escape artist, magician, and secret spy for the British Secret Service   (mnn.com ) divider line 15
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2014-08-31 10:27:07 AM  
I never knew he was a spy. And must have never noticed he died on Halloween. What an interesting person he must have been I'm going to try to catch this. Plus, Adrien Brody. Yum.
 
2014-08-31 11:42:40 AM  
I knew that. But some people didn't. So carry on.
 
2014-08-31 11:44:40 AM  
My favorite crazy story about Houdini is his lifelong feud with Arthur Conan Doyle. The author of Sherlock Holmes was convinced that seances and psychics were real; Houdini went around exposing hucksters as the frauds that they were.
 
2014-08-31 11:52:41 AM  
Adrien Brody getting this role over Sean Penn is like a punch to the gut.
 
2014-08-31 11:59:39 AM  
It really wasn't a secret .I thought it was assumed that he was a spy . Carry on .
 
2014-08-31 12:13:45 PM  
What a coincidence. The History Channel is premiering a two night special on Houdini!
 
2014-08-31 12:17:43 PM  
Did they include Dai Vernon fooling Houdini with a card trick?
 
2014-08-31 12:39:38 PM  

RottenEggs: It really wasn't a secret .I thought it was assumed that he was a spy ..


Wasn't everybody?
 
2014-08-31 12:43:41 PM  

ginandbacon: I never knew he was a spy. And must have never noticed he died on Halloween. What an interesting person he must have been I'm going to try to catch this. Plus, Adrien Brody. Yum.


Knew about Halloween, but also never knew he was a spy, interesting indeed.  Makes you wonder if he was the previous 007?
 
2014-08-31 12:54:20 PM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: Adrien Brody getting this role over Sean Penn is like a punch to the gut.


We see what you did there.
 
2014-08-31 12:58:15 PM  
One might say that Houdini had a.....

*dons sunglasses*

.....license to vanish.

/YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAH!
 
2014-08-31 01:24:59 PM  
"secret spy"

I'm sorry, but is there another kind?
 
2014-08-31 01:34:45 PM  

RottenEggs: It really wasn't a secret .I thought it was assumed that he was a spy . Carry on .


Never really thought about it, but since he traveled a lot and met foreign dignitaries in the course of his career, it makes sense to try and recruit celebrities.  I believe Charlie Chaplin was approached also, along with other famous people of the day.  I think the down side would be the celebrity's vanity and ego and natural "drum major instinct" as MLK put it.  You'd have to be pretty careful about what celeb to recruit.  I can only imagine the disasters some of today's stars would be.....
 
2014-08-31 01:36:09 PM  
I saw an exhibit about this at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. several years ago.  BOTTOM LINE:  Harry Houdini probably was a spy, while Mata Hari probably wasn't.

www.bandonac.org
 
2014-08-31 05:42:23 PM  
In the tradition of William Tufnell Le Quex

/obscure?
 
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