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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 »

Publicity Listings:

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:

How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear, and if there were ever any records of this kind the Church would hardly allow them to become public. See more »

Trivia:

Based his stage name on that of the French magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, whom he would later denounce as charlatan! See more »

Nickname:

The Great Houdini

Star Sign:

Aries

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