Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin.
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 Harry Houdini (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Bess Houdini (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Jim Collins (2 episodes, 2014)
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 William Melville (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Dash Houdini (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Riley (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Cecilia Weiss (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Erich Weiss (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Sylvia The Bearded Lady / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
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Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin.

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In reality, Harry Houdini was 5'4". His actor counterpart Adrien Brody is 6'1". See more »

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The men dressed in Civil War uniforms to fire the cannon Houdini is tied up in front of are wearing cavalry (horse soldier) uniforms, not artillery (cannon solider) uniforms. Cavalry used yellow trim, artillery used red. See more »

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Truth is more interesting than fiction
6 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems in the interest of inspiring awe, the creators of this series removed all of the actual awe around this legendary person and replaced it with annoying effects and hurried editing. The voice-over narration is uninspired, and makes the genius Houdini sound like a nitwit. The relationship between him and his family is reduced down to clichés and is indicative of lazy screen writing.

The worst part is that the actual history and character of Houdini is astounding and truly awe-inspiring. It doesn't need bells and whistles to be entertaining. All of this extra fluff was completely unnecessary and removes from the entertainment.


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