Groundbreaking escape artists Houdini and Dorothy Dietrich are the inspiration for new Young Adult novel, The Art of Escaping

Erin Callahan's book debut is on Barnes & Noble's 10 Most Anticipated Indie Young Adults Books of 2018 and has a 4 star rating on the influential Goodreads web site.
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Dietrich Starring on Rich Little's You Asked For It-Strait Jacket Escape
Dietrich Starring on Rich Little's You Asked For It-Strait Jacket Escape
SCRANTON, Pa. & NEW YORK - June 18, 2018 - PRLog -- Houdini and Female Houdini Dorothy Dietrich are the inspiration for the new novel "The Art of Escaping."

Dorothy Dietrich's been named as one of the top four escape artists in history.
She's probably the best-known female escapologist of all time. Enjoying a long career that began with New York television shows, she later founded The Magic Townehouse, a popular NYC magic venue. Regarded as the "First Lady of Magic," she's been an inspiration to female and  male performers alike. She was famously the first woman to escape from a straightjacket while hanging from a burning rope 15 stories up and without a net.  She's known for several premiers: the first woman to catch a bullet in her mouth, and is called the Female Houdini for copying many of Houdini's escape acts, including one Houdini backed away from – the Jinxed Bullet Catch Stunt.
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Dorothy Dietrich, the first woman to gain prominence as an escape artist since the days of Houdini, breaking the glass ceiling for women in the field of escapes and magic. The 2006 Columbia Encyclopedia included Dietrich among their "eight most noted magicians of the late 20th century."
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The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan

110 Goodreads Reviews  4.01 stars
Seventeen-year-old Mattie is hiding her obsession with Harry Houdini and Dorothy Dietrich from everyone, including her best friend.  Mattie has a hidden obsession: escapology. Told through the perspectives of the witty main characters, this funny and fresh debut explores the power of stage personas and secret spaces, and speaks to the uncanny ways in which friendships transform us.
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  The Grim Game, a 1919 film, lost for over 90 years and rediscovered in 2015 by escape artist and magician Dorothy Dietrich, stars Houdini as a young man who's bound and imprisoned on numerous occasions by a gang who've kidnapped his fiancée. Considered by many as Houdini's best film.
In the 2013 film, Now You See Me, Isla Fisher plays an escape artist named Henley Reeves. "I watched all of Houdini's work and Dorothy Dietrich, who's a female escapologist, who's amazing, you have to watch her."  "I got to train with Dorothy Dietrich, the first lady magician to catch a bullet with her teeth. Fisher studied the life and work of Dietrich to prepare for the role. "Dorothy's a real female escapologist who is working today. She was the first woman to capture a bullet between her teeth, which is an amazing feat. She's not only good at misdirection, but she also connects emotionally with the audience, so she's better able to involve them in the stunts."
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Dorothy's desire to perform magic and escapes started after reading a biography of Houdini in her childhood. Dietrich has a large number of television appearances

and is also involved in the world's only continuous traveling Houdini exhibit and The Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA, The Only Building in the World Dedicated to Houdini.
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NY Times article on Houdini
"Miss Dietrich, on the strength of her televised stunts, could claim preeminence" Quoted from

HoudiniOpoly.  Dorothy Dietrich recently designed a KickStarter success program The Largest Houdini project in KickStarter history and the largest successful Scranton, Pa project in history as well.


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