No locks could hold him, no tomb could keep him, no audience could resist him, he was Harry Houdini the greatest magician and escape artist of all time, taking his audiences on a heart stopping ride with his superhuman stunts and death defying feats. More than just a vaudeville magician with a bag of parlor tricks, Houdini was an outsized personality the likes of which the world had never seen. Brashly challenging his audience to find a restraint, any restraint, that could hold him. Nothing could hold Harry Houdini and no one knew how he did it. Now nearly 80 years after his death a one of a kind public auction of Houdini’s magic memorabilia offers the faithful and the curious a glimpse of the secrets he left behind.
This special program, hosted by renowned magician Lance Burton, explores the life and magic of the great escape artist through his most prized possessions--the Chinese Water Torture Cell, the Milkcan, his straitjackets and handcuffs, and lockpicks that were "key" to his handcuff escapes--all revealed to the public for the first time. HOUDINI also unlocks secrets of the man--brash showman, fierce competitor, loyal son and husband. Interviews include his great-nephew and the last surviving member of his magic troop.
paranormal has fascinated believers and irritated sceptics for decades.
The series uses archive video, expert interview, dramatic
reconstruction and personal testimony to demystify strange phenomena
and explore popular mythology in terms of current scientific
Previous Lives Is this the end of life or the queue for a new beginning? Millions believed in reincarnation. Is that prove that it really happens? This video will discuss the truth behind the global belief
The World's Greatest Gambling Scams" details the best scams ever pulled off in the adrenaline-fuelled gambling world. They range from those relying on basic sleight-of-hand manoeuvres to those that utilise gadgets based on the very latest high-tech wizardry.
Scams examined include:
The famous Ritz Roulette Scam that used mini-computers and cell phones to determine on what number the roulette ball would drop.
Big-action baccarat games in which the dealers merely pretended to shuffle the cards.
A dye solution for marking casino cards that can only be seen with special contact lenses and disappears without trace an hour after its application.
A tiny weightless receiver embedded into a roulette ball and controlled by a radio transmitter hidden in a pack of Marlboro cigarettes.
This show will trace the development of entertainment magic throughout the world, from its earliest roots in religious ritual and tribal shamanism to today's international stars of Las Vegas and television.
"Nobody wants a man to fall to his death but they want to be there when it happens." -Houdini
There is one kind of magic that put the magician in danger or appears to. This is the story of how dangerous magic has been defined by one man legacy for more than one hundred years.
Featuring Stars in BBC - Dangerous Magic: Harry Houdini, Chung Ling Soo, Pen & Teller, David Blaine, James Randi, Robert Gallup, Mick Mangan, Todd Robbins, John Fisher, Harry Kellar, Pete McCahon, Ruth Brandon, Thomas Solomon, Alan Alan
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