With a government shutdown looming, Boehner now faces a choice that will demonstrate whether in fact he is the GOP's Houdini.
Even a century after his heyday, Houdini has maintained the same mystique he enjoyed while living.
Staying alive at News Corp. will require a Houdini trick, writes Brian Cathcart.
As a magician, Houdini kept raising the bar and pushing his limitations with increasingly dangerous acts.
He killed five men and married five women, conned Al Capone, and traded card tricks with Houdini.
When Houdini again obtained a hearing, it was to state that, not only had the irons been altered, but the locks had been plugged.
He supposed then that Houdini was an escaping fellow-prisoner.
Mr. James Sargent personally complimented Houdini on his rare skill.
Houdini stepped to the footlights and held up his hand for silence.
Houdini urged speed of action, and absolute surety in fastening the innumerable straps of the straight-jacket.
"escape artist or other ingenious person," 1923, from Harry Houdini, professional name of U.S. escapist Erich Weiss (1874-1926).