From my collection a newspaper article marked “7-9-38”. Apparently Bess Houdini had a Parrot that “Pulled a Houdini”. Pets making escapes have been labeled as “Pulling a Houdini” for years. I had a cat that escaped a large cardboard box and was named Houdini because of it. If you search “Houdini” on facebook you will be flooded with references to pets making escapes. Perhaps Pat Houdini was the first Pet Escape Artist!