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This is but the cutest of many invented (but historically possible) encounters in EL Doctorow's Ragtime, set in New York in the early 20th century. An enthusiast for powered flight, Houdini is teaching German officers how to fly. One of his pupils is Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who seems to believe that Houdini is the inventor of the plane.