An illusionist and escapologist, Harry Houdini may have been the most famous magician of all time. But what’s not as well known is his contribution to U.S. efforts during World War I. Houdini was passionate about supporting the troops and did everything he could to help them. And this included sharing the secrets behind some of his escape tricks.
WWI began in 1914, though the U.S. didn’t join the conflict militarily until April 1917. And for his part, Houdini was eager to help his country win the fight. So he put his normal performance schedule to one side so he could put his skills as a magician to use. Not only that, he encouraged his fellow magicians to do the same. Indeed, he may not have been a soldier, but he made an important contribution to the war effort nonetheless.