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099 Houdini's attitude toward Europeans

Houdini made some success in the United States but was unable to crack the big-time circuit.  In 1900, he decided to go to Europe,  where he eventually became a star. His photographs, letterhead, and early film became major news. He was a sensational entertainer in London, England and he became very popular in other parts of Europe where he made travel trips to. He made headlines in the European news. He opened his European tour at the Hansa theatre in Hamburg. He was received with enthusiasm.

In 1901, Houdini featured in Germany and Holland with the Corty-Althoff Circus, and with the Circus Caree in 1902 and 1903. In 1908, Houdini was a star character in "Circus Busch" in Berlin. He performed Metomorphosis with the Welsh Brothers Circus in his early career. He maintained a circus connection throughout the triumphant years of his breakthrough in Europe. 

               

 In 1910, Houdini attended a public demonstration of a French-made flying machine, which he became interested in and later purchased. He became a pioneer aviator, and was the first person on record to fly a plane in Australia. He had his name painted in block letters on the outside panels of the wings and on the rear elevators. This asset made him very close to the young military officers who would go to the parade grounds to watch him fly. In addition, his talent open doors to him meeting top military officers and high dignitaries including the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne and his wife the Countess Sophie. Houdini was award to trophy as a result of his braveness. He was treated as a hero of his time. In 1914, Houdini met Theodore Roosevelt when they sailed aboard the Hamburg-American line from Europe to New York. 

In the book Ragtime, Houdini felt he was better understood by the Europeans, they identified and connected with him enthusiastically, and he reciprocated in like manner.

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