Harry Hou-Dunnit

  • Aired 10/20/2010
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Harry Houdini, arguably the greatest illusionist of all time, dies when a young fan punches him in the stomach accidentally.

announcer: IN THE 1920s,

THE HIGHEST PAID ENTERTAINERIN ALL OF SHOW BUSINESS

WAS AN ESCAPE ARTISTNAMED HARRY HOUDINI.

A HUNGARIAN IMMIGRANT,

HOUDINI WOWED AUDIENCESAROUND THE WORLD

BY FREEING HIMSELF

FROM ALL KINDSOF DEATH-DEFYING SCENARIOS.

- HARRY HOUDINIWAS ARGUABLY

THE GREATEST SHOWMANOF ALL TIME,

AND PROBABLY ONE OF THE BESTMARKETING GENIUSES.

EVERYTHING HE DIDWAS AN ILLUSION

THAT WAS CRAFTEDSPECIFICALLY

TO GIVE HIM AS MUCH SUCCESSAND RESPECTABILITY AS POSSIBLE.

announcer: STARDOMCAN GO TO ONE'S HEAD,

AND HOUDINIWAS NO EXCEPTION.

HE THRIVED ON THE WORSHIPOF HIS FANS

AND CAME TO BELIEVEIN HIS OWN INVINCIBILITY.

AND THEN ONE DAY,A FAN DROPPED BY

TO SEE IF THE GREAT HOUDINIWAS EVERYTHING HE'D HEARD.

A COUPLE OF SHARP PUNCHESTO THE MIDSECTION,

AND THE FAN WALKED AWAYSATISFIED.

BUT THOSE SEEMINGLYHARMLESS PUNCHES

HAD JUST SET IN MOTIONHOUDINI'S DEATH CLOCK.

A FEW DAYS LATER AFTERFINISHING UP HIS ROAD TRIP,

HOUDINI COLLAPSEDONTO THE STAGE.

HE DIED TWO DAYS LATERIN A HOSPITAL BED.

HOUDINI HAD BEEN SUFFERINGFROM APPENDICITIS.

HE THOUGHT IT WAS NOTHING MORETHAN A STOMACH ACHE.

- HARRY DIEDFROM OVERWHELMING SEPTIC SHOCK.

HIS APPENDIX WASLIKE AN OBLONG BALLOON,

FILLED WITH A BUNCH OF PUSAND BACTERIA.

THEN THE PUNCH RIGHTAT THAT AREA THAT HE RECEIVED

WAS ENOUGH TO BURSTALL THE CONTENTS

THROUGHOUTHIS PERITONEAL CAVITY.

EVENTUALLY,ALL THESE ORGANS WOULD FAIL--

THE KIDNEYS, THE LUNGS,THE HEART,

AND THEN,IT'S LIGHTS OUT.

announcer:HOUDINI SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.

YOU CAN ESCAPEFROM JUST ABOUT ANYTHING...

EXCEPT YOUR OWN FATE.

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