Harry Houdini

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Houdini in handcuffs, 1918

Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874 - October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American magician and escapologist. He also investigated fake spiritualists and was a skeptic.

Life and career

He was born in Budapest to Jewish parents [1] and was named Erik Weisz, but changed his name to Harry Houdini when he became a professional Magician. At first he did not have much success in his career. In 1899 his acts got better when he met his manager Martin Beck. Martin Beck was impressed with Houdini's handcuff Painting and within a year Houdini was famous.

Houdini also appeared in several early movies and made many early flights in aeroplanes. He made the first successful aeroplane flight in Australia, on 18 March 1910, at Diggers' Rest, Victoria.[2]

Death

He died in Detroit, Michigan.

References

Other websites

  • Higbee, Joan. "Great Escapes". American Memory Web Site, Hosts Houdini Collection. Library of Congress. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  • Houdini Tribute 400+ Photos, videos, multimedia, and hear Houdini's voice.
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  • Harry Houdini on National Public Radio in 2010
  • Harry Houdini: His Life and His Art
  • Harry Houdini at Find a GraveScript error: No such module "EditAtWikidata".
  • Wild About Harry—Website devoted to what's new in the world of Houdini; books, DVDs, auctions, movies, events, and pop culture references.