Brindamour (1870 - 1941) was said to have been performing handcuff escapes several years before Houdini started.
|Born||George W. Brindamour|
April 5, 1870
Cannon Mills, Minnesota
|Died||July 31, 1941 (age 71) |
Brindamour's French Canadian parents moved west to Minnesota in the 1860’s for Father’s health. His father operated a hotel under the name Sam Brown.
At one time a photographer in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (using the name Sam Brown) he started performed as a magician and escape artist in Vaudeville.
Houdini, to publicize a show in Woonsocket, Rhode Island under his management in 1895, did a handcuff challenge escape at a local police station. How much influence this had on Brindamour is unknown.
In the early years of 1900 he billed himself as the "Handcuff King", performing throughout America and abroad. He was a headliner for twenty-eight years. One of his favorite publicity stunts was to cause any church bell, picked by someone in the audience, to ring at a given time.
He married his assistant Helen Hilliard, known as Nille (1872 - 1950).