Houdini in a Straitjacket.

Houdini in a Straitjacket

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Appleton, Wisconsin

A bronze bust of the famous magician Harry Houdini, tied in a straitjacket, was unveiled in his hometown on August 27, 2015. It had been originally sculpted by Craig Campbell for a reality TV series.

According to the statue's Appleton sponsors, the tied-up depiction of Houdini was symbolic as well as historical. Houdini's rags-to-riches success story showed everyone that, in America, no restraints were inescapable.

Houdini in a Straitjacket

Address:
W. College Ave., Appleton, WI
Directions:
Downtown, in Houdini Plaza, which is on the south side of W. College Ave. between S. Appleton and S. Oneida Sts. The statue is at the back of the plaza, just to the left of the entrance to Appleton Center.
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