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Interesting, true Harry Houdini story

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Many years ago, Harry Houdini was the greatest escape artist in history. He got out of the most incredibly complex lockups, jails, sea trunks thrown into the ocean, handcuffs, straitjackets and safes. He was capable of getting out of everything. He was the equivalent of Siegfried and Roy or some of the great magicians in Las Vegas. He was the world champion escape artist. Then he got a challenge. He was at the top of the world (like the top heavyweight fighter) and got a challenge from the Isle of Man. The island of Man, just off the coast of England, just built the most escape-proof jail in the world.


They had used the most sophisticated locksmiths, the finest steel, and the finest construction. It was a brand new jail where they were going to put some of the worst criminals in the British Isles and they would never be able to escape. They issued a challenge to him across the ocean -- at that time a lot of competition between England and America -- a challenge to Houdini to get out of that jail. He had to accept it. There was a $50,000 prize put up which would be the equivalent of more than a million dollars today


It was like a great championship. They took him and put them into a cell. They stripped him down completely to his cotton underpants. They said he had 60 minutes. There was a clock on the wall. He had 60 minutes to get out or he forfeited not only the $50,000 but also his reputation as a great escape artist


Harry Houdini's wife talked about this after his death. Harry Houdini had been a locksmith as a child and had developed a whole series of little tools that he used to get out of locks that he could manipulate. He had developed a way of hiding that set of tools somewhere in his body. After they had left him alone in the cell, he got out his lock picking tools from his secret place and went to work. He went to work and he said "This should be alright." He looked at the lock and it was fine. He put his tools in and he twisted the tumblers. It was a very sophisticated lock. Twisted the tumblers, click.

Ka-chunk. The door wouldn't open. He turned all the locks back again and tried it again. Ka-chunk. The door wouldn't open. He did this again. And he did this again. The time begin to pass. The clock was ticking 50 minutes, 40 minutes, 30 minutes, 20 minutes


He was perspiring and he was standing in a pool of perspiration. His hands were slippery from the perspiration. Pouring off him. He was trying frantically. He had never in his life seen a lock he couldn't pick. He kept working on the lock and the time was passing 15, 14, 13 12, 11, 10. Everything -- his whole reputation and all of this money -- he was working and ka-chunk. Wouldn't open. Ka-chunk. Wouldn't open. Ka-chunk. Wouldn't open. Finally at one minute to the hour he realized he couldn't open the lock. His heart sunk and he was exhausted. Pouring perspiration. He just fell against the door and the door just swung open. It had never been locked. What they done was they put him in without locking the door. When he went to work, he naturally assumed that they locked the door


They had rattled the keys in the door so when he went to work and turned it, he actually locked himself in. When he turned it back to neutral, he didn't know that it was neutral so he locked it again. He kept locking himself in. The door had never been locked. This is a true story. He fell against the door and the door swung open


The reason I share this story is because your doors are not locked either. The greatest single obstacle to what you can accomplish in the whole world is between your own ears. When you realize that those obstacles do not exist except in your own mind, your door is not locked either
 

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What a great story.

I am so glad you posted this. I am fighting a combination of a mental block, depression, and being mentally exhausted. I have had the rug pulled out from under me several times lately, and it has taken its toll.

Deep inside, I am pulling myself together. Stand up and regroup! Yeah, I know... but tell that to an exhausted marathon runner. Sometimes words are just not enough to do the trick.

And along comes your story. I can relate so well. Thanks again - it was a nice break that recharged me a bit!
 

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What a great story.

I am so glad you posted this. I am fighting a combination of a mental block, depression, and being mentally exhausted. I have had the rug pulled out from under me several times lately, and it has taken its toll.

Deep inside, I am pulling myself together. Stand up and regroup! Yeah, I know... but tell that to an exhausted marathon runner. Sometimes words are just not enough to do the trick.

And along comes your story. I can relate so well. Thanks again - it was a nice break that recharged me a bit!
You’re very welcome, Denver! So glad it recharged you. Feel free to reach out to me if you ever need any inspiration. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 

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The greatest single obstacle to what you can accomplish in the whole world is between your own ears. When you realize that those obstacles do not exist except in your own mind, your door is not locked either

Great story. Sometimes it takes decades for people to truly appreciate that and sometimes they never work it out at all. It reminded me of this:


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Great story. Sometimes it takes decades for people to truly appreciate that and sometimes they never work it out at all. It reminded me of this:


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Thank you, I appreciate that. That quote is so true, thanks for sharing. I was listening to a Ted Talk recently and the speaker was talking to a group of prisoners and he said “Often times, the only real prison for people is in their own mind.”
 

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FYI: I was not able to verify this story, nonetheless it has a relevant moral. Thanks for sharing.
 

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FYI: I was not able to verify this story, nonetheless it has a relevant moral. Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome, MJ. Now that I think about it, I gotta give credit where credit is due - originally heard it from Brian Tracy’s program, The Science of Positive Focus. If you watch or listen to that program of his, the Houdini story is the last thing he talks about.
 

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You’re welcome, MJ. Now that I think about it, I gotta give credit where credit is due - originally heard it from Brian Tracy’s program, The Science of Positive Focus. If you watch or listen to that program of his, the Houdini story is the last thing he talks about.
I looked too when you first posted but I couldn't find anything to prove or disprove it. I couldn't even find anything to suggest he had even been to the Isle of Man but he did tour the UK between 1900 and 1920 and....

"Houdini challenged local police to restrain him with shackles and lock him in their jails. In many of these challenge escapes, he was first stripped nude and searched."

So the story seems totally plausible.

Sources:
When Harry Houdini escaped to Britain | Daily Mail Online
Harry Houdini - Wikipedia
 

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If you watch or listen to that program of his, the Houdini story is the last thing he talks about.
Yes, but just because he recites the story doesn't make it true. People repeat what they hear despite not researching if it is true or not. Just because you heard in on the internet, doesn't make it true.

Granted, I only searched 30 seconds and 1 page of internet results but was not able to confirm it other than he attempted jail-breaks.
 

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Yes, but just because he recites the story doesn't make it true. People repeat what they hear despite not researching if it is true or not. Just because you heard in on the internet, doesn't make it true.

Granted, I only searched 30 seconds and 1 page of internet results but was not able to confirm it other than he attempted jail-breaks.
Brian Tracy seems as if he’s a credible source, but you never know. You are absolutely right. Lesson learned.
 

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Yes, but just because he recites the story doesn't make it true. People repeat what they hear despite not researching if it is true or not. Just because you heard in on the internet, doesn't make it true.
The lines are so blurred these days it's hard to know what is true and what isn't.

And people get away with it for ages. People like Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame which was totally and utterly fictitious. Then you have the likes of Tai Lopez, one of the new fake it till you make it brigade. And we obviously won't go near fake news and politics.

Misinformation is everywhere.
 

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