This biographical movie depicts the youth of the magician Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926). As a boy his name was Eric Weiss and his father wanted him to become a locksmith. But he ran away and ... See full summary »

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Theo (as Ross Harris)
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Dr. Tybalt Grimaldi (as Jose Ferrer)
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Wesley
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Sean O'Casey (as Seán McClory)
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Marshall
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Large Miner (as Michael Pniewski)
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This biographical movie depicts the youth of the magician Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926). As a boy his name was Eric Weiss and his father wanted him to become a locksmith. But he ran away and joined the traveling show of Dr. Grimaldi, where he learned the tricks of a magician and a little mystery from his Indian assistant, too. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Really good made for TV movie
14 July 2001 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this since 1987, but just the fact that I remember it so fondly means that it had an impression on me. This was an entertaining, finely crafted movie that shows how Houdini picked up on magic during his teen years. This is a good companion piece to the other TV film, "Young Sherlock Holmes". Both are fun and well worth watching. I only wish this one was available on video.


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