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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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Known For

Haldane of the Secret Service
(1923)
The Man from Beyond
The Man from Beyond Howard Hillary / The Man From Beyond
(1922)
The Grim Game
The Grim Game Harvey Hanford
(1919)
Terror Island
Terror Island Harry Harper
(1920)

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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:

Book: "The Right Way To Do Wrong: An Exposé Of Successful Criminals". Reprint of 1906 edition. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, LLC. ISBN-10: 1161840125; ISBN-13: 9781161840124 See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Biographical Movies | 7 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 25 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Houdini | Eric Weiss

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

To cause the face to appear in a mass of flame make use of the following: mix together thoroughly petroleum, lard, mutton tallow and quick lime. Distill this over a charcoal fire, and the liquid which results can be burned on the face without harm. See more »

Trivia:

He is mentioned in the song "Ghost Town" by Cat Stevens. See more »

Nickname:

The Great Houdini

Star Sign:

Aries

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