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 Houdini was born in 1874 in Budapest, but when he was four his family moved to America. They were very poor and so he left school (1)............... the age of twelve and got a job selling newspapers. When he was a teenager he began (2) ....................... card tricks, and soon he was giving performances of magic in (3).................... . In 1894 he met his wife, a dancer, and they got married after only two weeks.

Soon (4)...................... Houdini started to the escape acts which made him famous. He would ask people to lock him up in different (5)..........................., and he always (6)............................ to escape. He escaped from strong chains, locked boxes (7)................... of water, and even a big paper bag (without tearing the paper).

(8) ............................. of his last performances (9) ....................... to escape after being buried (10) ..................... . No one ever found out how he did it. 

1 A    on B     at C     with D    to 
2 A     saying B     having C     making D    doing
3 A     theatre B      public C     crowd D     television
4 A     before B     afterwards C      later D      next
5 A     methods B      reasons C     forms D       ways
6 A    succeeded B     could C      managed D     meant
7 A    full B     packed C      crowded D      complete
8 A     Some B     All C      Each D      One
9 A     tried B     had C     was D      happened
10 A      alive B     live C      living D      awake

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