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Harry Houdini (1874–1926)

The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five brothers and one daughter born to rabbi Samuel Weiss and ... See full bio »

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 1923 Haldane of the Secret Service
Heath Haldane (as Houdini)
 1922 The Man from Beyond
Howard Hillary / The Man From Beyond
 1920 Terror Island
Harry Harper (as Houdini)
 1919 The Grim Game
Harvey Hanford (as Houdini)
 1919 The Master Mystery
Quentin Locke (as Houdini)
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Other Works:

Credited as writing "Imprisoned With the Pharohs", first published in "Weird Tales" May 1924. The story was ghost-written by "Master of the Macabre" H.P. Lovecraft. See more »

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6 Biographical Movies | 7 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 20 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Houdini | Eric Weiss


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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The great day of the Fire-eater - or, should I say, the day of the great Fire-eater - has passed. See more »


A common misconception is that his death was caused by a student who tried to test his famously strong stomach muscles by punching him. Although it is true that Houdini was not given sufficient time to prepare himself for the blows, landing him in a hospital, this is not what he died of. He died of diffuse peritonitis, nine days later, despite his appendix being ruptured by the unprovoked assault. See more »


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