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Everyone knows that HH was physically awesome, but does anyone know what his training regime was?

I'm assuming he didn't just pop down the gym. Being on tour regularly would mean that would've been next to impossible anyway.
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First thing you have to start off is not to sleep more than 4 hours a day. The other thing to consider that kept him in shape, was doing the escapes and the show everyday.
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Doing an escape show every day on its own wouldn't be enough to keep him in the peek of physical fitness like we're led to believe.

I was wondering if his athletic physique was just another part of the mystery or whether it was true... Or possibly a mix of both.

I know come the end of his life he was pretty beat up and worn out.
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Also, there are indications he went for morning runs.
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Here's something I found in my clipping file. Sorry it's not large enough to read. But like Steve said, it appears running was a life-long activity for Houdini.

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Houdini was in pretty rough physical condition long before his death. He mentions in his diaries that the work is killing. Must find a better way.

With ruptured kidney, internal organs not in the their right positions, broken bones, teeth knocked out and much more, he might have been right thinking of new way to do something else besides escapes. I know I would have.
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I love the subtle (or not so subtle) number 1 on his chest. It's those little touches that kept him at the top.

I also love the fact he was even able to get press by not doing escapes.

Kevin, have Houdini's diaries ever been published?

Also did he ever actually have a date he was planning to stop by? Seems crazy to keep going in the state he was actually in... Although if he had stopped would he be the legend he is today? Perhaps not.
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