Magician Harry Houdini conquered the world with his daring escapes, but he was a Wisconsin boy at heart. He grew up as Ehrich Weiss in Appleton in the late 19th century and loved returning there even after he became a showbiz sensation.
For a fan and fellow Badger like me, it's a thrill to travel to Appleton, check out the Houdini Museum, and walk the streets that he walked.
On the occasion of Houdini's birthday, March 24, listen to this audio essay about my lifelong love affair with "The Man Who Walked Through Walls." It originally aired on Wisconsin Public Radio's Wisconsin Life.