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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 | 3 Portrayals | 20 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Houdini | Eric Weiss


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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In all feats of fire-eating it should be noted that the head is thrown well back, so that the flame may pass out of the open mouth instead of up into the roof, as it would if the head were held naturally. See more »


Although born in Budapest, Hungary, he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. Today, his boyhood home there is maintained as a museum. See more »


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