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Topic: Short and Motivational Houdini Anecdote or Quote
Message: Posted by: Jim Magus (Mar 2, 2006 07:18PM)
I don't know if this is the section of the Café where this inquiry belongs, but I am looking for a short (one minute or less) anecdote on Houdini that I may tell to open a banquet for top salespeople this coming Saturday. The anecdote should be motivational or inspirational. I've been going through my library and scrawling notes, but want to see if someone on the Café knows a particular anecdote or Houdini quote that might fit the bill.
Message: Posted by: NeoMagic (Mar 16, 2006 03:46PM)
How did it go?
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Mar 16, 2006 05:08PM)
"Do them before they do you"

"This too shall pass" Also form the bible.
Message: Posted by: magicusb (May 16, 2006 09:30PM)
We have in a book "Magician Among The Spirits" by Houdini a signed autograph of Houdini stating "My brain is the key that sets me free." We have placed it on our Shirts, mugs and glasses.

Dick Brooks and Dorothy Dietrich
Houdini Museum
New show, "HAUNTED!"
Message: Posted by: Clay Shevlin (May 18, 2006 05:28PM)
Great quote, magicusb. The one I was going to post.

There is a postcard from young Ehrich to his "ma," archived I think at the University of Texas, which is signed "your truant son." Houdini ran away from home at a very early age to start his career. The moral of the story, I guess, would be that it is never too early to go for what you want, or perhaps a lesson in the power of conviction and how belief in one's self can help overcome big odds. vicrion .

Another idea, though very real, might be a bit too "tired" since it is a common theme in many success stories, and that is just much Houdini struggled to make the 'big time' in the 1890s.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 7, 2006 12:15AM)
There is a story that Houdini was once shut in a jail cell in Scotland. He had not expected the police chief to lock him in, as he was just visiting. He worked for almost two hours, trying to pick the lock. In disgust, he basically gave up, and leaned against the door. It swung open. It had not been locked.

Motivational message -- never overlook the obvious.
Message: Posted by: SJMiller (Nov 1, 2006 09:47PM)
"In any endeavor, it pays to know the ropes." - Houdini