The legendary magician and escape artist Harry Houdini is the focus of a groundbreaking exhibition, complete with more than 150 artifacts, including historical film clips, posters and the original props. Skirball Center. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Opens Thursday, runs through Sept. 4. Tours begin Sunday. Open noon-5 p.m. Tues-Fri. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $10. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.