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Houdini and Jennie, the elephant, performing at the Hippodrome, New York
Others might pull rabbits out of hats, but at the Hippodrome Houdini made a 10,000-pound elephant named Jennie disappear

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New York City's Hippodrome Closed Its Doors for the Last Time
August 16, 1939

Built in 1905 with a seating capacity of 5,200 people, the Hippodrome was at one time the largest and most successful theater in New York. It featured lavish spectacles complete with circus animals, diving horses, opulent sets, and 500-member choruses. The most popular vaudeville (variety stage) artists of the day, including Harry Houdini, performed at the Hippodrome during its heyday. But by the late 1920s, the growing popularity of motion pictures replaced the vaudeville acts and circus spectacles presented at the Hippodrome.
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