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Florida's 'Prison Houdini' Could Go Free Next Year

Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago. But the man dubbed Florida's "prison Houdini" kept escaping instead of simply...

"Prison Houdini" set to make first legal escape

2 days agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Mark DeFriest, 54, "repeat escapist" from Florida prisons, set to be freed for real after 35 years behind bars

Watch a Bodybuilder Escape a Steel Box

Is that the ghost of Houdini resurrected for the sake of art? No, her name is Loren Crabbe — a successful personal trainer by day, artist by night — with a body seemingly sculpted by Michelangelo. On Tuesday evening at the Roger Smith Hotel, Crabbe performed her signature piece, titled Abjection: Construction and... More »

Stop and Smell the Smoke: El Greco and His Houdini Most High

5 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

El Greco came back from the dead. "The Greek," his real name, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, moved to Venice and Rome before finally settling in Toledo, where he became one of Spain's most well known painters.

This bacon looks so delicious you won’t believe it’s not real

What does the bacon above have in common with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have in common? Both were created with 3D animation software called Houdini by Toronto-based Side Effects Software. The newest release is coming next month, and, as you … Read more ›

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Rand Paul's cockamamie Houdini act to get on the ballot twice

"Abra cadabra, aqua buddha, Ayn Rand... presto!" Leading Off: • KY-Sen: Okay, so, Rand Paul has now confirmed that he's seeking re-election to the Senate. Good for him. But of course, his ambitions don't end there. Paul really, really, really wants to run for president, too, except that state law won't let him seek both offices at the same time. Show More Summary

Theatre - Cosentino: Twisted Reality

Sat 18 Apr 2015 Australia's master illusionist and modern-day Harry Houdini, Paul Consentino, is bringing his new live show 'Twisted Reality' to The Star for just one...

With Houdini act, Chargers show playoff mettle

BALTIMORE -- The San Diego Chargers had a fork stuck in them. Down 10 points on the road against one of the brutes of the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens, the Chargers were expected to roll over in submission on Sunday. Instead, cornerback...Show More Summary

Harry Houdini Gravesite Restoration Undertaken, Fittingly Enough, By Magicians

The Harry Houdini gravesite in New York City has long been the target of vandals and miscreants, but a group of magicians is now hoping to change that with a project to restore it. Fox News reports that the Society of American Magicians...Show More Summary

TCEC LIVE!

The TCEC – Season 6 Grand champion Stockfish, modification 091114, maintains the lead in TCEC Season 7 – Stage 3 with 17/24 points. Komodo 1324 is clear second with 16 points. The third seeded Houdini is facing Stockfish right now. Follow the encounter LIVE at the official website or replay the games in the Archive mode. Show More Summary

Magicians to Fix Up Houdini's Grave, Keep It Clean

Nestled next to the late Lewins, Blums, and Levys in a spooky old cemetery in New York City lies the final resting place of America's most legendary magician, interred under a granite monument that bears his stage name in bold letters: Houdini. It's an impressive tribute to the man born...

Pro choice

This is Houdini 4 PRO.It is, apparently, "the world's strongest chess engine running on the ChessBase Interface".This is how it is referred to by Nigel Short. Nigel Short is 49. [Thanks to Pablo Byrne] [More Nigel/prostitution hilarity] [Nigel Short index]

Intimidation

You can have your Stockfish, your Rybka, your Houdini. I’ve got Max.

The Secrets Behind Harry Houdini's Ten Greatest Illusions

There is an unwritten rule among magicians never to reveal how a trick is done. So when a 2004 exhibition explained Harry Houdini’s illusions, magicians around the world were apoplectic. David Copperfield called it a breach of magic protocol, and performers declared that they would boycott the exhibition. Many claimed to still use Houdini’s tricks themselves. More »      

New York’s Most Unusual Halloween Ritual

2 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

In one of his last great performances, Harry Houdini escaped after 90 minutes from a coffin submerged in the swimming pool of New York's Shelton Hotel (today the New York Marriott East Side).

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2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

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2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

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The Secrets Behind Harry Houdini’s Ten Greatest Illusions

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

There is an unwritten rule among magicians never to reveal how a trick is done. So when a 2004 exhibition explained Harry Houdini's illusions, magicians around the world were apoplectic. David Copperfield called it a breach of magic protocol, and performers declared that they would boycott the exhibition. Many claimed to still use Houdini's tricks themselves. Read more...

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