MILWAUKEE — Halloween may have come and went, but Wisconsin is still home to one of the world's most famous Halloween legends. Houdini is such a famous name that almost a century after his mysterious death it is still familiar.
"Houdini was definitely one of the best-known figures in American culture at his death," said Ellie Gettinger, director of education at the Milwaukee Jewish Museum.
A display as shown at Milwaukee Jewish Exhibition highlights the world-famous escape artist and magician and his not-so-known Milwaukee attachment.
"The man is dying on Halloween. Houdini is dying on Halloween, of course. On what other day can he die?" said Gettinger. As just a skeptic among all mystic and supernatural things, on his death bed he made a promise to his wife. "If anybody can come back from beyond the grave, it's me," said Gettinger, citing Houdini.
His widow held a meeting every year for a decade after his death on the night of Halloween. Still, it's another tradition, but they're still waiting to hear from Houdini. The show "Inescapable: Harry Houdini's Life and Legacy," runs until Jan. 5 at the Milwaukee Jewish Museum.