Houdini in St. Louis

    Before master illusionist Harry Houdini became a world-wide sensation, he was struggling to stand out in the overcrowded vaudeville scene. But one night in St. Louis would change how Houdini approached his act and define him as a performer. Public historian, Andrew Wanko, shares the story of Houdini’s early days as a magician and how a withering insult from theater owner, Frank Tate, inspired him to incorporate a sense of danger into his stunts.