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Don Randini
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Anyone looking for the closest thing to Houdini you gotta check out Steve Santini's website at http://www.stevesantini.com this guy is something else. anyone seen this site? he's Houdini reincarnated

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On 2004-11-01 19:58, Don Randini wrote:
Anyone looking for the closest thing to Houdini you gotta check out Steve Santini's website at http://www.stevesantini.com this guy is something else. anyone seen this site? he's Houdini reincarnated

Don


I have written about this before...

...but read the above again.

Now, you mean to tell me you can't see how silly (the kindest word I can use) it sounds?

First, LOTS of people claim to be Houdini reincarnated. He can't be in all of them! Years ago a local yahoo, upset that I was on the radio as an escape artist and he wasn't, actually called the station and said "he shouldn't be on the air because he is stealing my act!" When they asked him how I stole his act he said "Because I am Houdini reincarnated and he stole my act!"

Needless to say, such claims make one an odd ball at best.

Second, and more to the issue of escape artists in 2004 and beyond, why would ANYONE want to find Houdini?

HE IS DEAD!!! So is EVERY manner he used to gain publicity.

You have to take the concept and move it forward.

I am sure Mr. Santini is a comptent escape artist. How much fame he will gather for himself will depend on how well he "escapes" the Houdini mould (not a mis-spell), rather than embraces it.

Notice how each major illuisionist of the last 30 years (Wilson, Blackstone, Henning, Copperfield) has been NOTHING like the other.

Escape artists need to learn from that example.

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We all need to be different in our own ways.
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Gotta disagree with you there. Santini is not Houdini reincarnated. I would say that no one today even comes close. Sorry. Santini is a very good escape artist but he is not the second coming of Houdini.

That is a pretty stangely worded plug I must admit. If you've read any previous posts you know everyone on the board knows who Santini is.

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Everyone? I would disagree with that!

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Well, if there are those who do not, then it kinda kills the Houdini reference.

EVERYONE would know Houdini if he were around today.

He isn't, we can't ever be, so best we forge our own trails.
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Houdini got Fowled up a couple times in a straitjacket. a phonebooth and even in a pay toilet from what I hear. Don,
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I think the phone booth etc. stories are now Magic Urban Myth. I don't remember reading any of these stories anywhere, but I'm willing to learn.
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Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
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Ok in Kansas Cirty Mo. there is a Bar in a Hotel that has a Plaque in it. which I beleive is for the Bathroom one as for the phonebooth I beleive it has been in more then one book and also might of been in a newspaper. also there is a stritjacket Houdini didn't get out of. thanks to KSD for tipping this one off. Houdini Also Refused to Attempt the Fenton Lock. Why did He I'm not sure. there are also a few jail cell's Houdini Supposedly Refused to Escape from. Don,
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I don't know how much weight I put in plaques, especially in bathrooms in bars. That's just me.

As for refusing challenges, he would, if it meant the challenger/challenge was made to injure him. Like the time two doctors challenged him to escape from surgical thread. He did it once and no need to reinjure himself. There was a small part of the public that would enjoy that in my opinion.
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I'm not sure if the plaque is in the bathroom in the bar. but why refuse the fenton lock. and were there signs/posters going around that nothing on earth could hold houdini a prisoner houdini was only human not super natural.
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I don't think I or any poster ever said he was supernatural. And I don't think 1 lock could overshadow a whole career. Houdini was much more than just an escape artist.
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OT: Does anyone have a photo of Houdini holding a black rabbit?
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Hi,

I just got back from Germany after a great trip and I saw this thread.

Against my better judgement, I think I want to throw my two cents in since this thread seems to have mentioned me by name.

While I do appreciate the compliments, I think the premise of the tread is rather silly.

It seems to me that there are already far too many people in escapes calling themselves the greatest in the world (something I have never done) and that to imply someone is even more somehow and is in fact the modern Houdini is going too far overboard.

Let me go on the record and say I am not the world's greatest, I do not claim to be, I have never claimed to be, and, more importantly, I personally want NOTHING to do with the legend that is Harry Houdini as far as comparisons are concerned.

No one could ever be like Harry because the times in which he crafted his fame were so very different than modern days.

Society was different, technology was different, etc.

Let me also say that while I respect what Harry did in his career and how he pulled it all off, I really want no comparisons between myself and his work and in fact feel that the hardest thing anyone in this trade can ever try to escape is his shadow.

I would be more than pleased if when a news story is done on me his name never even came up but it often does.

It just can't be helped I guess.

Please let me also say that I do not really care if anyone in escapes thinks I am good, better, or great in any way.

While it is nice to hear positive things from peers, it is really only the opinion of the audience and the people that pay you that counts.

To this end I will just go on doing what I have done for over 20 years... namely, crafting escapes, performing them, and enjoying them.

Let someone else enjoy the mantle being "the best".

Steve Santini
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I gathered from your great website and the wording that you were considerd to be the next houdini. thought others might want to check your site out if they have not seen it already.

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Since I designed the site, yes I have seen it.

Let em say this about Mr. Santini:

Houdini was often considered boering. He took forever to escape devices and cells. Steve is the cutting edge escapist. Within moments Steve escapes danger and other obstacles that help foster a feeling of fear and drama. Mr. Santini is a master of his craft and has created several routines that elisit astounding emotions even HUMOR!

I currently use several ideas that Steve has originated including a hypno induction, russian roulette (On occasion), and even some publicity stunts. I am honored to have been a part of the Santini legend by creating the site.

"Steve, may you experience even more success and fame with the future (especially Germnay)! Legends never die, they only grow stronger!

-Doctor Zodiac"
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He sure has a great site and sure looks like the real thing to me. anything but boring from what I can tell.

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Dear Dr. Zodiac and Don Randini,

Thank you for the kind words but I really want it made perfectly clear that I am just an ordinary guy doing something he loves and has loved doing for over 20 years.

I have come to the point where I only really care what the audience thinks and those who engage my services.

There are just too many egos in the escape world to expect consistent opinions on any one artist from those involved in the craft. Too many are in too many camps which sadly are opposing as opposed to united as one brotherhood.

I know this will likely never change so I really care very little about what others in the craft say about one artist vs. another. I do what I do the way I do it and that is good enough for me thank you.

Call it humble, call it what you want but these are my own feelings on my involvement in escapes and I consider them to be nothing but honest.

Of course, others will no doubt have a different opinion and will ikely voice same here.

It does not really matter.

Scott, the trip to Germany went well and I even got into a German newspaper while over there. I will e mail you a copy of the story but I imagine you may have trouble reading it Smile

Glad I have been able to be of help to you over the years.

Steve Santini
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Steve those first three lines of your post say it all. I side with no one, I love you all, until you cross me. Ken.
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Hi Ken,

Yes, killing is a messy business but it must sometimes be done.

Steve
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