Eerie lifelike sculpture of Harry Houdini

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Good God I thought this was the creator in makeup…

every single hair on Houdini’s head was punched in one by one…

That sounds so grisly painful!

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He looks to me like he’s thinking, “Couldn’t they have done a lifelike sculpture of me when I was younger and in better shape?”

Unless you watch Face/Off and then you realize they can do anything during a commercial break.


Reading the blog view, for a second there I thought the top pic was actually Mr. Hyde.

[quote=“boingboing, post:1, topic:69387”]Why is he still stuck so acutely in America’s collective cultural subconscious today?[/quote]I thought the catchy name had a big part in it.

The earliest pop-culture ref I can recall is a particularly neat episode of The Real Ghostbusters (Venkman ends up wandering through a Dali painting, among other things), but somehow even then I was already familiar with his name.

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But I grew up thinking that Houdini looked like Starsky!

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You remember Houdini
Who not a shackle could hold
Carved a trap door into Heaven
To escape growin’ old

Grant Lee Buffalo

For some reason I always pictured him looking more like this:

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