Houdini

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Harry Houdini (1874-1916), the noted U.S. escape artist and magician, had an active and very successful career. As the preeminent escape artist of his day, his quest for ever more astounding performances more than once lead him into exceedingly tight spots.

Prominent Broadway producers Charles Dillingham and Florenz Ziegfeld were among the pallbearers at Houdini's funeral. Houdini had died quite unexpectedly at the height of his career as a result of an illness.

As the men carried the coffin out of the church, Dillingham leaned across to Ziegfeld and remarked,

"Ziggie, I'll bet you a hundred bucks he ain't in here ..."