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Al Hirschfeld, illustrator, on:
Houdini as a performer

Al Hirschfeld Oh yes. He was an excellent showman, very aware of what he was doing. And seemed to control the audience. They were very skeptical, but he convinced them after two or three minutes–not of just talking, but of doing–that he had some special quality that most performers did not have.

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