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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
 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 | 3 Portrayals | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Houdini

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

The image of Harry Houdini dying while attempting to escape from a water-tank in the popular movies has overshadowed Houdini's real cause of death: a fan testing his body-strength when he was unprepared for the blow, as he would have been doing his act, which resulted in peritonitus. Some water-tank escapologist showmen even introduce their trick as "The one that killed Houdini". See more »

Nickname:

The Great Houdini

Star Sign:

Aries

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