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Houdini Box

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Brian Selznick's "The Houdini Box" Summary Aiden Marquez,Ashton Madeiros, Sophia Carter,Ethan Grubbs, Londyn Kemp Victor was ten. HE wanted to be a magician too.Whaen Victor was eight he read in the newspaper that Houdini had escaped from a iron milk can in under twenty seconds. Victor found his grandmother's trunk and closed himself in inside. The locks snapped shut behind him. He tried and tried to escape in under twenty seconds but he couldn't. IN FACT HE COULDN'T ESCAPE AT ALL! So Victor cried and yelled until his mother came home and undid the locks. She was very upset that Victor had shut himself up in his grandmother's trunk.Victor was very upset that he couldn't get out. When Victor was nine he found out that Houdini could hold his breath for five thousand seconds while escaping from a crate that was dropped in the ocean. If Houdini could hold his breath for five thousand seconds in his crate in the ocean, then Victor could certainly hold his breath for five thousand seconds in his bathtub. So during bathtime he put his head under the water and counted as fast as he could. But he never got to five thousand. His mother kept making get out of the tub to breath. Victor got this idea when he read that Houdini could walk through brick walls. Victor was sure he could do that. First he tried walking slowly into the living-room wall and pushing his way through.Nothing happened. Next he tried backing across the room and running through the wall. HE ALMOST BROKE THE LAMP, THE TABLE,A FEW PICTURES,AND HIS NOSE! But he didn't make it through the wall. Later that evening after many unsuccessful hours he finally got through the wall. (He used the door.) His mother was going crazy unlocking Victor from trunks, reminding him to breath, and telling not to walk into walls. So to distract him his mother took him to visit his aunt. When Victor was in the bustling train station THE MOST AMAZING THING HAPPEND! HE SAW HARRY HOUDINI HIMSELF! VICTOR BROKE FREE FROM HIS MOTHER'S GRIP AND RAN OVER. He had so many questions! But he took a deep breath and asked "How can I escape from my grandmother's trunk?, Why can't I walk through walls?, How can I hold my breath in the Introduction Hello class! We are happy to present our presentation about Harry Houdini to you! Please watch and enjoy! Pictures Question How do you think Victor escaped from his grandmother's trunk? tub without running out of air?, How do you escape from jails,and handcuffs,and ropes,and make elephants disappear? How-" Congratulations young man," interrupted the smiling magician. No one has ever asked me so many in such a short amount of time. Are you a magician? " I want to be one," said Victor Houdini remained silent for a couple of seconds.He asked Victor for the luggage tag from his suitcase. It had his address on it, and Houdini promised to write to him. Victor kept trying so many tricks he drove his mother almost crazy. Finally the letter came. Houdini asked Victor to come to his house. "You will discover many secrets," the letter promised.
Houdini's wife answered the door. It was Halloween, but Victor wasn't in costume. He told her he was a magician, and he showed her the letter. She began to cry. She asked Victor inside and told him to wait. When she, not Houdini, came back, she gave him a little locked box. Then she told him softly that Houdini had died that morning. Victor would never see Houdini. And this box wasn't even his! When Victor examined it later, he saw "E.W." on the bottom. Someone else's initials.
Victor put the box away. Years went by. He grew up and got married and had a little boy of his own. One day Victor and his son were playing ball near a graveyard. Victor's son hit the ball so hard that it landed by a big monument—Houdini's grave!
Victor stared at the monument. Two words were under the name Houdini. Victor realized it was Houdini's real name. Ehrich Weiss. E.W.! Victor laughed out loud and ran home, carrying his son.
That night, he waited until his wife and son were asleep. He found the old box in a leaky corner of the attic. As he dusted it off, its lock crumbled. The water had rusted it. Soon after, Victor locked himself into his grandmother's trunk once again. And he escaped in less than twenty seconds!

From The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick. Copyright http://prezi.com/pf0t9tk6e47q/edit/?auth_key=932cqgg&follow=laqzknse0jfq Ending Thank you for listening! Victor stared at the monument. Two words were under the name Houdini. Victor realized it was Houdini's real name. Ehrich Weiss. E.W.! Victor laughed out loud and ran home, carrying his son.
That night, he waited until his wife and son were asleep. He found the old box in a leaky corner of the attic. As he dusted it off, its lock crumbled. The water had rusted it. Soon after, Victor locked himself into his grandmother's trunk once again. And he escaped in less than twenty seconds!
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