Dua Lipa told Radio 1’s Greg James that her new single is about “ghosting”, so it makes sense that it’s named after Hungarian-American escape artist Harry Houdini, who had a habit of vanishing when people least expected.
Fans noticed that some of the promo artwork for the single showed her with a small key in her mouth – referencing the (presumed) secret behind some of his daring stunts.
Adding another layer, the photo had similarities to Kate Bush’s album The Dreaming, which also featured a song called Houdini.
They aren’t the only ones who’ve mentioned the illusionist in their music – you might remember the track Houdini by KSI in 2020, which also failed to reach top spot.
But who was Houdini?
We asked Harry Nardi, a 24-year-old escapologist who was named after the performer.
“He was a magician, escape artist and he did endurance stunts, so he kind of did every sort of genre of magic as well,” Harry told BBC Newsbeat.
According to Harry – Houdini, who was born in 1872 – did some…