September 1, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

Harry Houdini, born Erich Weisz, was a Hungarian-American magician best known for his seemingly impossible escape acts. Houdini, a two-night miniseries by the History Channel, stars Adrien Brody as the revered magician and premieres on Sept. 1.

Take a look back at some photos of the original Houdini’s mind-boggling feats that made him famous throughout the world.

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