Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was a magician and American stuntman, famous for his sensational escape acts. As a child he and his brother Theo began to pursue an interest in magic. As a stage name, Ehrich Weiss became Harry Houdini by slightly changing the name of his idol, French magician Robert Houdin. At 17, the young man, now known as Harry Houdini, left his family to pursue his career in magic. He first drew attention to his talents in vaudeville in the United States and then as a "Harry Handcuff Houdini" during a tour of Europe, where he defeated police forces from keep him locked up. He soon added to his repertoire, including chains, ropes suspended from skyscrapers, straitjackets, and having to escape and hold his breath inside a sealed box containing water.
The poster of "Try to Draw This" is an illustration from "Houdini's Book of Magic and Party Pastimes: Fascinating Puzzles, Tricks and Mysterious Stunts, Selected by Houdini, The World's Greatest Magician." The book was published posthumously by Stoll & Edwards, 1927, copyright by Beatrice Houdini, Executrix of the Estate of Harry Houdini.Â Other drawing puzzles included in the book are "Can You Draw This?"Â and second puzzle also titled "Can You Draw This?"