So, was Harry Houdini really a pre-WW1 spy for the US and Great Britain? Was Bess Houdini really a (gasp) marijuana fiend? Did Houdini really disappear a 10,000 pound elephant in the middle of a circus arena? The good people at have saved me a lot of time and typing by producing this detailed survey of fact vs. artistic license in the new Houdini biopic.