Fundación Telefonica looks at the life of the famous magician and his journey in transforming modern magic. From humble fairground stall beginnings, to the phenomenon that captivated the masses, from Paris, to London, to New York.
Born in Budapest (in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire) in 1874, Harry Houdini started out life as a magician at a time when the profession was still anchored in the soapbox stages of travelling circuses and fairgrounds.
By making use of then futuristic ideas such as physical force, tension and velocity Houdini was able to astound millions with his completion of seemingly impossible tasks. Ironically leading to a cult following of thousands that championed him as proof of the existence of ghosts, black magic and witchcraft.
Houdini. The Law of Shadows looks at the life of this extraordinary man as both a public figure, and the subject his intriguing biography. A work that has fascinated readers ever since for its mix of philosophy, and the thought of an era that fundamentally changed the West.
Houdini. The Law of Shadows will be on at the Fundación Telefonica until the 28th of May 2017.