I think Houdini appealed to the working class. Most of the theaters in the north of England (ah, probably in the south, but in the north of England) were known as the peoples theaters. For the poor people, prices were comparatively cheap. And in order to fill the theaters for the whole week, Houdini was a godsend, really, to the theater managers, because suddenly they got their theaters full. And they werent full with other actsfor the full week, twice a night, two performances each evening. And to fill them, well, superb.