Houdini's Inspiration-- H.C. Maxey "Needle Eater"

Well-realized cabinet card bust portrait of Maxey, who has been sited as Harry Houdini's inspiration for learning the needle trick. In addition to doing the "Human Ostrich" act, Maxey swallowed needles and thread, and produced them from his mouth strung on the thread. On verso: Written in pencil "H.C. Maxey, Harry Crosland, Neadle [sic] Eater"

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