Although most of us are familiar with Harry Houdini, character of history, I'm sure that very few of us stop to consider that in his day, he was actually a colossal figure in pop culture.
PBS has posted this lovely graphic from Ladies Home Journal, June 1918, created by the great magician himself:
In spaces now reserved for hair and makeup and dubious tips on "how to please your naughty lothario", the venerable woman's mag once posted expert tips on how to escape from dubious BDSM situations.
"And not one of them observed the sort of shoes I wore!" That's the minimum price for being tied up by sailor boys, right?
Of course, the most troublesome part of Houdini's guide is that which we'd rather not know; cheating.
"A sharp knife with a hook-shaped blade should be concealed somewhere on the person, as it may be found useful in case some of the first, carefully tied knots prove troublesome. A short piece cut from the end of the rope will never be missed."
Thus spake Houdini, for all you "howd-he-do-dats" out there in the audience.
I suspect this means that I'll be expelled from the Magic Society. Much like this guy: