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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Adrien Brody ...  Harry Houdini 2 episodes, 2014
Kristen Connolly ...  Bess Houdini 2 episodes, 2014
Evan Jones ...  Jim Collins 2 episodes, 2014
Tim Pigott-Smith ...  William Melville 2 episodes, 2014
Tom Benedict Knight ...  Dash Houdini 2 episodes, 2014
Shaun Williamson ...  Riley 2 episodes, 2014
Eszter Ónodi ...  Cecilia Weiss 2 episodes, 2014
Louis Mertens Louis Mertens ...  Erich Weiss 2 episodes, 2014
Jeremy Wheeler ...  Rabbi Weiss 2 episodes, 2014
Caroline Boulton ...  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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Biography | Drama

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Shot entirely in Budapest - which also happens to be the real birthplace of Harry Houdini. See more »

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Houdini's eye color changes from brown when he was a boy, to green as an adult. Even though his "American" passport lists his eye color as brown, there was no attempt to disguise Adrien Brody's natural green eyes. See more »

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Version of Houdini (1998) See more »

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Fact or Fiction?!
6 September 2014 | by rbrbSee all my reviews

Viewed as a work of fiction this film is entertaining and worth watching. I say that as at the beginning of this picture it is made clear that the play contains fact and fiction, yet at the very end credits it is stated the movie is fiction.

Yet we all surely know that Houdini was historically a most famous "escape artist" and illusionist and forerunner to the likes of David Copperfield and David Blaine.

It would interesting to hear from a historian familiar with the real life Houdini to learn how accurate or otherwise this film is in its depiction of Houdini. From my knowledge much of the major incidents in the picture are factually based.

Where the movie scores heavily is, firstly, that it illustrates in detail the amazing escapes and illusions performed and for the most part shows how these tricks were done. Secondly, following the death of his mother, Houdini became a skeptic of spiritualists who were all the rage during this time period, and the movie handles Houdini's contempt for that very well.

The acting, direction, sets and music are all of a high quality and despite the film lasting over 2 parts @ 3-4 hours in total it had my attention throughout.

Well done History Channel!

7/10


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1 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Houdini See more »

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Budapest, Hungary See more »

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(DVD extended cut)

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