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"An accomplished magician and escapologist, Dorothy Dietrich is renowned for her work as the "female Houdini." She is the only woman to have performed the bullet catch with her mouth and set a world record for performing a Straitjacket escape while suspended hundreds of feet from a burning rope. Dietrich has dupli- rated several of Harry Houdini's original escapes. She is considered a world-class magician and has paved the way for women in the male-dominated fields of magic and escapology. Dietrich was born on Halloween in 1969 in Erie. Pennsylvania. Her brothers often had her play the tiedup damsel in distress during childhood games but she learned to escape her bonds. As a girl she began reading books on Houdini. who became her idol. Dietrich learned her tricks and escapes mostly from books. When she was 13 years old she ran away to New Yotk City to escape her abusive father. Her first break came while working in a variety show in a working-class venue in Times Square. Concurrently she worked for the Parent Assembly of the Society of American Magiclans with well-known magicians such as Russell Swann and Walter B. Gibson. who mentored the development of her skills. She also studied with AI Flosso. a onetime regular on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as Jack London and Lou Lancaster. By the late 1980s and early 1990s Dietrich had become a favorite act with New York booking agents.
Dietrich performed in nightclubs, resort hotels, trad shows. and college auditoriums. She created a routine with several types of animals, including doves, rabbits, and poodles. She became noted for her expertise as a dove worker. Dietrich also developed acts that few women attempted, including sawing men in half, escaping from a straitjacket, and levitating people chosen from the audience. Along with Dick Brookz, Dietrich was a founder of New York's Magic Towne House, a popular attraction in New York City that became the longest running magic show in the city's history. The Magjc Towne House also became an important performance venue for many aspiring magicians. Dietrich is best known for her death-defying escape from a straitjacket while suspended 15 stories high from a buning rope and without a net, which she performed for an HBO special. She is one of five people in the world attempt the feat and the only woman to accomplish it. In addition, she successfully performed the bullet catch. She caught at .22-caliber bullet in a metal cup in her mouth at the International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention. The stunt had killed 12 men, and Houdini considered it too dangerous to attempt. In 1988 Dietrich performed the bullet catch at Donald Trump's Resorts International's 10th anniversary in Atlantic City. The act was televised"
The Society of American bestowed her with the rare and best and highest award the Presidential Citation for her unique contributions to the art of magic.
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Go to Magician escape artist Female Houdini (tm) Dorothy Dietrich doing a daredevil style upside down Straight Jacket Escape 150 feet above the earth suspended from a burning rope after being put in by police and security guards. The only woman in history to do this stunt.
Go to Female Magician Dietrich doing the famous jinxed bullet catch stunt at Resorts International, the stunt that has killed twelve men, and injured many others. She is the first and only woman to ever catch a bullet in her mouth. Dare devil/magician Houdini backed away from doing this stunt!
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