Bird wrote the song in the mountains in upstate New York. Having penned her first album in the same area, she rented a home in early 2020 to do some songwriting for her sophomore record. The singer-songwriter explained to The Boot
that coming across the word "Houdini" in a song she became obsessed with the word but couldn't come up with a concept to go with it. In her New York house she noticed "this weird, framed picture with a sort of strange, upside-down man that I realized was Houdini."
All of a sudden, the famous escape artist seemed to be the perfect metaphor for all the figures, especially males, who had left her life in the past without warning.