Houdini ( 1874-1926)
is pictured in a portrait signed by him the year he died (1926), and
[below] in an archival 1921 film press shot.
Accompanying the portrait are Houdini's classic "exposé"
books "Miracle Workers and their Methods", and "The
UnMasking of Robert Houdin", with Houdini's inscription, which
states his opinion on his historical writing:
wishes from the author of this first authentic history of magic and
photographic portraits and artifacts juxtapose the seeming opposite
characteristics of intellectual and physical prowess which combined
to characterize Houdini's brilliance: his ability to merge thought and
action in a manner that never failed to captivate public attention.