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Harry Houdini (born March 24, 1874) performing with Jennie the elephant at the Hippodrome, New York City, 1918. In one of his most famous tricks, he made the elephant disappear: ‘To this day,’ Robert Gottlieb writes, ‘no one understands how he did it.’

Photo: Ken Trombly, Bethesda, Maryland

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