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Harry Houdini

in 1899
Born Ehrich Weiss[1]
March 24, 1874(1874-03-24)
Died October 31, 1926 (aged 52)
Detroit, Michigan
Occupation magician, escapologist, stunt performer, actor, historian, film producer, pilot and debunker
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.Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926, born Erik Weisz later spelled Ehrich Weiss)[1] was a Hungarian American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer.^ Concludes Houdini was born March 24, 1874 in Budapest.
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^ Harry Houdini ( March 24 , 1874 – October 31 , 1926 ), whose real name was Ehrich Weisz (which was changed to Erich Weiss when he immigrated to America), was a Hungarian magician , escapologist (widely regarded as one of the greatest ever), stunt performer , as well as a skeptic and investigator of spiritualists , a film producer , actor , and an amateur aviator .

^ Stage name of Ehrich Weiss (born Erik Weisz).
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.He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena.^ Houdini's magical training allowed him to expose frauds who had successfully fooled many scientists and academics.
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^ Having conquered the stage, he set out to rule the screen, appearing in a series of thrillers built upon his almost supernatural powers.
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^ Seances were conducted regularly in Houdinis home, mostly in an attempt to communicate with his mother, and also to expose the frauds who continued to prey on the public.

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Early life

.Harry Houdini was born in Budapest, Hungary, to a Jewish family.^ Birth and name Harry Houdini was born in Budapest, Hungary.
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^ Harry Houdini was born into a Jewish family in Budapest, Austria-Hungary.

^ Harry Houdini was born into a Jewish family in Budapest , Hungary .

.A copy of his birth certificate was found and published in The Houdini Birth Research Committee's Report. (1973).^ However, years after his death , a copy of his birth certificate was found and published in The Houdini Birth Research Committee's Report (1972) .

^ However, years after his death, a copy of his birth certificate was found and published in *The Houdini Birth Research Committee's Report (1972)* .
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^ The Houdini Birth Research Committee's Report*, Magico Magazine (reprint of report by The Society of American Magicians), 1972.
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[2] As to his birth date, from 1907 onwards, Houdini claimed in interviews to have been born in Appleton, Wisconsin, on April 6, 1874. He was really born on March 24, 1874.
.Houdini's father was Rabbi Mayer (Mayo) Samuel Weiss (1829–1892), and his mother was Cecilia Steiner (1841–1913).^ Houdini's father, Mayer (Mayo) Samuel Weiss (1829-1892), also known as Samuel Mayer Weisz, was a rabbi ; his mother was Cecilia Steiner (1841-1913).

^ And for Mayer Samuel Weiss, it had one advantage.
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^ Let's go back to 1913 when Houdini's beloved mother, Cecilia Weiss, died.
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.Ehrich had 6 siblings: Herman M. (1863–1885); Nathan J. Weiss (1870–1927); Gottfried William Weiss (1872–1925); Theodore "Dash" Weiss (1876–1945);[3] Leopold D. Weiss (1879–1962); and Gladys Carrie Weiss (1882-?^ Ehrich had six siblings: Herman M. Weiss (half-brother) (1863-1885); Nathan J. Weiss (1870-1927); Gottfried William Weiss (1872-1925); Theodore Weiss (Dash) (1876-1945); [1] Leopold D. Weiss (1879-1962); and Gladys Carrie Weiss (1882-?

^ Ehrich had six siblings: Herman M. Weiss (half-brother) (1863-1885); Nathan J. Weiss (1870-1927); Gottfried William Weiss (1872-1925); Theodore Weiss (Dash) (1876-1945); Leopold D. Weiss (1879-1962); and Gladys Carrie Weiss (1882-?
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^ Armin became Herman, eight-year-old Natan just had an "h" added, six-year-old Gottfried Vilmos was dubbed William, Erik turned into Ehrich, and Ferencz Dezso was officially named Theo -- later to be nicknamed Dash -- and the family name became Weiss.
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.He immigrated with his family to the United States on July 3, 1878, from Mexico at the age of four, on the SS Fresia with his mother (who was pregnant) and his four brothers.^ Documents the Weiss family's immigration to the United States on July 3, 1878 (when Ehrich was 4).
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^ He immigrated with his family to the United States on July 3 , 1878, at the age of four on the SS Fresia with his mother (who was pregnant) and his four brothers.

^ He immigrated with his family to the United States on July 3 , 1878 , at the age of four on the SS Fresia with his mother (who was pregnant) and his four brothers.

.Houdini's name was listed as Ehrich Weiss.^ Houdini's name was listed as Ehrich Weiss.
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^ Houdini himself spelled his name Ehrich Weiss , as can be seen from this letter to his mother .

^ But the man known as Houdini was actually born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary.
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[4] .Friends called him "Ehrie" or "Harry."^ Strange in the message that she called him Harry, not Ehrich as she called him all his life.
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^ Friends called him "Ehrie" or "Harry".
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^ Friends knew Houdini as Ehrie, so the transition of his first name to Harry was almost inevitable.
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.In 1918 he registered for selective service as Harry Handcuff Houdini.^ On Sept 12, 1918, both Harry Houdini and Frank Kukol registered for the draft at the same New York office.
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^ In 1918, Houdini and Franz (Frank) Kukol registered for the draft on the same day at the same office.
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^ Ahau (Flower) / 13 Yaxk'in (New Sun Houdini, Harry American magician known for his escapes from chains, handcuffs, straitjackets, and padlocked containers.
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[5]
.At first, they lived in Appleton, Wisconsin, where his father served as Rabbi of the Zion Reform Jewish Congregation.^ At first, they lived in Appleton, where his father served as rabbi of the Zion Reform Jewish Congregation.
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^ Definition: Magician, showman; Although Harry Houdini claimed Appleton as his home town, he was born Erich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary, and only came to Appleton in 1878 when his father Samuel accepted a post as the city's first rabbi.

^ He would not arrive in Wisconsin until four years later, when he, his mother Cecelia, and four brothers joined his father, who had become rabbi of a small Reform congregation there.
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.In 1880, the family was living on Appleton Street.^ In 1880, the family was living on Appleton Street.
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[6] .On June 6, 1882, Rabbi Weiss became an American citizen.^ On June 6, 1882, Rabbi Weiss became an American citizen.
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^ On June 6 , 1882 , Rabbi Weiss became an American citizen.

.After losing his tenure, he moved to New York City with Ehrich in 1887. They lived in a boarding house on East 79th Street.^ After losing his tenure, he moved to New York City with Ehrich in 1887.

^ They lived in a boarding house on East 79th Street.

^ They later moved to Milwaukee, and eventually settled in New York.
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.Rabbi Weiss later was joined by the rest of the family once he found more permanent housing.^ Rabbi Weiss later was joined by the rest of the family once he found more permanent housing.
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^ I guess Rabbi Weiss would have loved his family no matter what they did.
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^ Later, his father, Rabbi Meyer Samuel Weiss, moved the family to Milwaukee and he took over a Jewish congregation there.
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.As a child, Ehrich took several jobs, then became a champion cross country runner.^ As a child, Ehrich took several jobs, then became a champion cross country runner.
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.He made his public début as a 9-year-old trapeze artist, calling himself "Ehrich, the prince of the air". Weiss became a professional magician and began calling himself "Harry Houdini" because he was heavily influenced by the French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, and his friend Jack Hayman erroneously told him that in French, adding an "i" to Houdin would mean "like Houdin" the great magician.^ I refer, of course, to the great magician Houdini.
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^ "Harry would like to thank you."
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^ Ehrich Weiss or better known as Harry Houdini was a famous escapes artist.
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.In later life, Houdini would claim that the first part of his new name, Harry, was a homage to Harry Kellar, whom Houdini admired a great deal.^ In later life, Houdini would claim that the first part of his new name, Harry, was a homage to Harry Kellar, whom Houdini admired a great deal.
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^ In later life, Houdini would claim that the first part of his new name, Harry, was a homage to Harry Kellar , whom Houdini admired a great deal.

^ Eric The Great, as he was calling himself, changed his name to Harry Houdini when he was 15 years old in honor of his hero, French magician Jean Robert-Houdin.
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Magic career

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"My Two Sweethearts" - Houdini with his mother and wife, ca.
^ Houdini with his wife and mother, ca.

^ Houdini with his wife and his mother.
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^ Harry Houdini (1874-1926) with his wife Beatrice (1876-1943) and mother Cecilia Steiner Weiss, half-length portrait .
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1907
.Initially, Houdini's magic career resulted in little success.^ Initially, his magic career resulted in little success.
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^ Between 1919 and 1923 Houdini expanded his career by making six motion pictures, though none were particularly successful.

^ They had little success until Martin Beck, a major figure in vaudeville spotted the act and offered Houdini a place on his Orpheum circuit in 1897.

.He performed in dime museums and sideshows, and even doubled as "the Wild Man" at a circus.^ He performed in Dime Museums and sideshows, and even doubled as "the Wild Man" at a circus.
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^ While mystifying to audiences --- and apparently, the gullible --- these stock tricks were well known to magicians who had traveled with circuses or performed in dime museums.
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.Houdini initially focused on traditional card tricks.^ Houdini initially focused on traditional card tricks.
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^ The card trick that fooled Houdini himself.
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.At one point, he billed himself as the "King of Cards". But he soon began experimenting with escape acts.^ At one point, he billed himself as the "King of Cards."
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^ But he soon began experimenting with escape acts .

^ But he soon began experimenting with escape acts.
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.In 1893, while performing with his brother "Dash" at Coney Island as "The Houdini Brothers", Harry met fellow performer Wilhelmina Beatrice (Bess) Rahner, whom he married.^ In 1893, while performing with his brother "Dash" in Coney Island as "The Brothers Houdini," Harry met and married fellow performer Wilhelmina Beatrice (Bess) Rahner.
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^ Houdini met Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner while he was performing at Coney Island.
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^ Her name was Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner, but everyone called her Bess.
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.Bess replaced Dash in the act, which became known as "The Houdinis."^ Bess replaced Dash in the act, which became known as "The Houdinis."
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^ In 1893, while performing with his brother "Dash" in Coney Island as "The Brothers Houdini," Harry met and married fellow performer Wilhelmina Beatrice (Bess) Rahner.
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^ In 1893 Houdini married Wilhelmina (Bess) Rahner and together the two undertook a music hall career with an escape act.

.For the rest of Houdini's performing career, Bess would work as his stage assistant.^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ For the rest of Houdini's performing career, Bess would work as his stage assistant.
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^ When Houdini arrived at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan , on October 24 , 1926 , for what would be his last performance, he had a fever of 104 degrees F (40°C).

.Harry Houdini's "big break" came in 1899 when he met manager Martin Beck in rural Woodstock, Illinois.^ Harry Houdini's "big break" came in 1899 when he met manager Martin Beck .

^ Harry Houdini's "big break" came in 1899 when he met manager Martin Beck.
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^ In 1893, while performing with his brother "Dash" in Coney Island as "The Brothers Houdini," Harry met and married fellow performer Wilhelmina Beatrice (Bess) Rahner.
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.Impressed by Houdini's handcuffs act, Beck advised him to concentrate on escape acts and booked him on the Orpheum vaudeville circuit.^ Impressed by Houdini's handcuffs act, Beck advised him to concentrate on escape acts and booked him on the Orpheum vaudeville circuit.
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^ He put me as a headline act on his vaudeville Orpheum Circuit.
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^ The most remarkable thing about him was his ability to contort or control his body enough to escape handcuffs,...
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.Within months, he was performing at the top vaudeville houses in the country.^ Within months, he was performing at the top vaudeville houses in the country.
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.In 1900, Beck arranged for Houdini to tour Europe.^ In 1900, Beck arranged for Houdini to tour Europe.

^ In 1900, Beck arranged for Houdini to tour Europe .

.Houdini became widely known as "The Handcuff King."^ Houdini was a sensation in Europe, where he became widely known as "The Handcuff King."
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^ Neither is there any mention of the fact that the Houdini code was already widely known by the public months before the séance.

^ Bess replaced Dash in the act, which became known as "The Houdinis."
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.He toured England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Russia.^ He toured England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Russia.
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^ He toured England , Scotland , the Netherlands , Germany , France , and Russia .

^ From that beginning, he toured in Central Europe, England, France and America.
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.In each city, Houdini would challenge local police to restrain him with shackles and lock him in their jails.^ If the police did not challenge Houdini in a city where he played, Houdini challenged them.
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^ In each city, Houdini would challenge local police to restrain him with shackles and lock him in their jails.
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^ In many cases, Houdini would draw thousands of onlookers who would chock the street and bring city traffic to a halt.

.In many of these challenge escapes, Houdini would first be stripped nude and searched.^ In many of these challenge escapes, Houdini would first be stripped nude and searched .

^ In many of these challenge escapes, Houdini would first be stripped nude and searched.
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^ Many modern biographers have found evidence (notably in the custom design of the handcuff itself) that the entire Mirror challenge was pre-arranged by Houdini and the newspaper, and that his long struggle to escape was pure showmanship.
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.In Moscow, Houdini escaped from a Siberian prison transport van.^ In Moscow , Houdini escaped from a Siberian prison transport van.

^ In Moscow, Houdini escaped from a Siberian prison transport van.
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.Houdini publicly stated that, had he been unable to free himself, he would have had to travel to Siberia, where the only key was kept.^ Houdini publicly stated that, had he been unable to free himself, he would have had to travel to Siberia, where the only key was kept.
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^ Houdini publicly stated: I am willing to be convinced.
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^ Publicity stated that, had he been unable to free himself, he would have had to travel to Siberia, where the only key was kept.

.In Cologne, he sued a police officer, Werner Graff, who claimed he made his escapes via bribery.^ In Cologne, he sued a police officer, Werner Graff, who claimed he made his escapes via bribery.
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^ In Cologne , he sued a police officer, Werner Graff, who claimed he made his escapes via bribery.

^ When Werner Graf, a German policeman, wrote a derisive article in July 1901, accusing Houdini of lying when he said that he could escape from any sort of police restraint, Houdini sued Graf for slander.
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[7] .Houdini won the case when he opened the judge's safe (he would later say the judge had forgotten to lock it).^ Houdini won the case when he opened the judge's safe (he would later say the judge had forgotten to lock it).
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^ In many cases, Houdini would draw thousands of onlookers who would choke the street and bring city traffic to a halt.
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^ On the subject of Houdini's assistants, would anyone know when Vickery died and what he did later in life??
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.With his new-found wealth and success, Houdini purchased a dress said to have been made for Queen Victoria.^ With his newfound wealth and success, Houdini purchased a dress said to have been made for Queen Victoria.
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^ With his newfound wealth and success, Houdini purchased a dress said to have been made for Queen Victoria .

^ Billy Russell of Batavia, N.Y. said he made a Milk Can from a drawing Houdini made and Houdini signed the drawing and let Billy keep it.
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.He then arranged a grand reception where he presented his mother in the dress to all their relatives.^ He then arranged a grand reception where he presented his mother in the dress to all their relatives.
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.Houdini said it was the happiest day of his life.^ Houdini said it was the happiest day of his life.
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.In 1904, Houdini returned to the U.S. and purchased a house for $25,000, a brownstone at 278 W. 113th Street in Harlem, New York.^ In 1904, Houdini returned to the U.S. and purchased a house for $25,000, a brownstone at 278 W. 113th Street in Harlem , New York.

^ Write for particulars - HOUDINI, 278 West 113th Street, New York City".

^ In 1904, Houdini returned to the U.S. and purchased a house for $25,000, a brownstone at 278 W. 113th Street in Harlem, New York.
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[8] .The house still stands today.^ The house still stands today.
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.From 1907 and throughout the 1910s, Houdini performed with great success in the United States.^ Barrie and Houdini's performances were extremely successful.

^ From 1907 and throughout the 1910s, Houdini performed with great success in the United States.
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^ Beck sent Houdini to England where he performed with great success until his return to the U.S. in 1907.

.He would free himself from jails, handcuffs, chains, ropes, and straitjackets, often while hanging from a rope in plain sight of street audiences.^ He would free himself from handcuffs, chains, ropes and straitjackets, often while hanging from a rope or suspended in water, sometimes in plain sight of the audience.

^ He would free himself from handcuffs, chains, ropes, and straitjackets, often while hanging from a rope or suspended in water, sometimes in plain sight of the audience.
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^ He would free himself from jails, handcuffs, chains, ropes, and straitjackets , often while hanging from a rope in plain sight of street audiences.
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.Because of imitators and a dwindling audience, on January 25, 1908, Houdini put his "handcuff act" behind him and began escaping from a locked, water-filled milk can.^ Houdini began his famous milk can escapes in 1908.
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^ Because of imitators and a dwindling audience, on January 25, 1908, Houdini put his "handcuff act" behind him and began escaping from a locked, water-filled milk can.
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^ Because of imitators and a dwindling audience, on January 25 , 1908 , Houdini put his "handcuff act" behind him and began escaping from a locked, water-filled milk can.

.The possibility of failure and death thrilled his audiences.^ The possibility of failure and death thrilled his audiences.
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.Houdini also expanded his challenge escape act — in which he invited the public to devise contraptions to hold him — to include nailed packing crates (sometimes lowered into the water), riveted boilers, wet-sheets, mailbags, and even the belly of a Whale that washed ashore in Boston.^ Houdini also expanded his challenge escape act - in which he invited the public to devise contraptions to hold him - to included nailed packing crates (sometimes lowered into the water), riveted boilers, wet-sheets, mailbags, and even the belly of a whale that washed ashore in Boston.
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^ Houdini also expanded his challenge escape act -- in which he invited the public to devise contraptions to hold him -- to included nailed packing crates (sometimes lowered into the water), riveted boilers, wet-sheets, mailbags, and even the belly of a whale that washed ashore in Boston.

^ Some of the escapes Houdini explains include : .

.Brewers challenged Houdini to escape from his milk can after they filled it with beer.^ At one point, brewers challenged Houdini to escape from his Milk Can after they filled it with beer.
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^ Dawes comments: Houdini the personality thus defies categorization, as surely as he defied all his challengers when they brought their handcuffs, leg irons and other restraints.

^ They would become famous with the Needle Trick, Challenge Act, Strait Jacket Escape, Metamorphosis Alive, Milk Can Escape and the Chinese WaterTorture Cell, among other "tricks people could not explain," as Houdini often said.
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[9] .Many of these challenges were prearranged with local merchants in what is certainly one of the first uses of mass tie-in marketing.^ Many of these challenges were prearranged with local merchants in what is certainly one of the first uses of mass tie-in marketing.
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^ I at first used to help him in illusions; we did all sorts of acts until he settled on this one; this is the easiest."
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^ I returned the first one, which broke during my first use of the jacket.
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.Rather than promote the idea that he was assisted by spirits, as did the Davenport Brothers and others, Houdini's advertisements showed him making his escapes via dematerializing,[10] although Houdini himself never claimed to have supernatural powers.^ Rather than promote the idea that he was assisted by spirits, as did the Davenport Brothers and others, Houdini's advertisements showed him making his escapes via dematerializing , although Houdini himself never claimed to have supernatural powers.

^ Rather than promote the idea that he was assisted by spirits, as did the Davenport Brothers and others, Houdini's advertisements showed him making his escapes via dematerializing, although Houdini himself never claimed to have supernatural powers.
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^ Rather than promote the idea that he was assisted by spirits, as did the Davenport Brothers and others, Houdini's advertisements showed him making his escapes via dematerializing [6] , although Houdini himself never claimed to have supernatural powers.

Poster promoting Houdini taking up the challenge of escaping an "extra strong and large traveling basket"
.In 1912, Houdini introduced perhaps his most famous act, the Chinese Water Torture Cell, in which he was suspended upside-down in a locked glass-and-steel cabinet full to overflowing with water.^ This act was known as the chinese water torture act which Houdini was most known for.
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^ He was also performing his famous Chinese-water torture escape at the Orpheum.
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^ On them, Houdini practices several different introductory speeches for his famous Chinese Water Torture Cell .

.The act required that Houdini hold his breath for more than three minutes.^ The act required that Houdini hold his breath for more than three minutes.
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^ Funeral Houdini's funeral was held on November 4, 1926, in New York, with more than 2,000 mourners in attendance.
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^ Hyslop now says the injury is more serious than has been reported and that Houdinis days as a magician are over.
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.Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ In 1893 Houdini married Wilhelmina (Bess) Rahner and together the two undertook a music hall career with an escape act.

^ Archival footage and dramatic re-creations performed by professional escape artist Bob Fellows allow viewers to revisit some of Houdini's major stunts.
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.Despite two Hollywood movies depicting Houdini dying in the Torture Cell, the escape had nothing to do with his demise.^ Despite two Hollywood movies depicting Houdini dying in the Torture Cell, the escape had nothing to do with his demise.
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^ I returned to New York and presented my famous Chinese Water Torture Cell Escape and Walking Through A Brick Wall Illusion for a brief run.
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^ He invented many escape devices and stage illusions includimg his most famous Water Torture Cell, The Strait Jacket Escape (1896), Houdini Pillory, Milk Can Escape, The Vanishing Elephant.
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.Houdini explained some of his tricks in books written for the magic brotherhood throughout his career.^ Houdini explained some of his tricks in books written for the magic brotherhood throughout his career.
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^ A man named Martin Beck, the top vaudeville booking agent, told me I should concentrate on my illusions and escapes instead of little magic tricks.
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^ In conclusion, regardless of whether Barrie and Houdini actually met, they both shared the magical ability to make the impossible possible: an illusion, which to my mind is ultimately, the most impressive trick of their careers.

.In Handcuff Secrets (1909), he revealed how many locks and handcuffs could be opened with properly applied force, others with shoestrings.^ In *Handcuff Secrets* (1909), he revealed how many locks and handcuffs could be opened with properly applied force, others with shoestrings.
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^ In Handcuff Secrets ( 1909 ), he revealed how many locks and handcuffs could be opened with properly applied force, others with shoestrings.

^ "Do you know how he opens handcuffs?"
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.Other times, he carried concealed lockpicks or keys, being able to regurgitate small keys at will.^ Other times, he carried concealed lock picks or keys, being able to regurgitate small keys at will.
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^ Other times, he carried concealed lockpicks or keys, being able to regurgitate small keys at will.

^ The escape attempt dragged on for over an hour, during which Houdini emerged from his "ghost house" (a small screen used to conceal the method of his escape) several times.
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.When tied down in ropes or straitjackets, he gained wiggle room by enlarging his shoulders and chest, moving his arms slightly away from his body, and then dislocating his shoulders.^ When tied down in ropes or straitjackets , he gained wiggle room by enlarging his shoulders and chest, moving his arms slightly away from his body , and then dislocating his shoulders.

^ When tied down in ropes or straitjackets, he gained wiggle room by enlarging his shoulders and chest, moving his arms slightly away from his body, and then dislocating his shoulders.
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^ All kinds of ropes, tied round all parts of his body, have been employed in vain to keep him in a chair.
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.His straitjacket escape was originally performed behind curtains, with him popping out free at the end.^ His straitjacket escape was originally performed behind curtains, with him popping out free at the end.
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^ The original cell was built in England, where Houdini first performed the escape for an audience of one person as part of a one-act play he called "Houdini Upside Down."
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^ With this baffling mystery, wrote Sime Silverman, the editor of Variety , Houdini puts his title of escape artist behind him and becomes the Master Magician.
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.However, Houdini's brother, who was also an escape artist billing himself as Theodore Hardeen, after being accused of having someone sneak in and let him out and being challenged to escape without the curtain, discovered that audiences were more impressed and entertained when the curtains were eliminated so they could watch him struggle to get out.^ Someone could have faked it without being detected.
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^ However, Houdini's brother, who was also an escape artist billing himself as Theodore Hardeen, after being accused of having someone sneak in and let him out and being challenged to escape without the curtain, discovered that audiences were more impressed and entertained when the curtains were eliminated so they could watch him struggle to get out.
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^ After Houdini's death, the cell was willed to his brother who performed as the escape artist Theodore Hardeen.
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.They both performed straitjacket escapes dangling upside-down from the roof of a building for publicity on more than one occasion.^ They both performed straitjacket escapes dangling upside-down from the roof of a building for publicity on more than one occasion.
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^ Back in England again in 1914, I built my famous Chinese Water Torture Cell, in which I was locked hanging upside down by my feet in water before my escape.
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^ During the daytime before the show in each new city, I would do a suspended strait jacket escape while dangling from a rope attached to high buildings above huge crowds – more free publicity.
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.It is said that Hardeen once handed out bills for his show while Houdini was doing his suspended straitjacket escape.^ It is said that Hardeen once handed out bills for his show while Houdini was doing his suspended straitjacket escape; Houdini became upset because people thought it was Hardeen up there escaping, not Houdini.
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^ However, Houdini's brother, who was also an escape artist billing himself as Theodore Hardeen , after being accused of having someone sneak in and let him out and being challenged to escape without the curtain, discovered that audiences were more impressed and entertained when the curtains were eliminated so they could watch him struggle to get out.

^ Titled *Merveilleux Exploits du Clbre Houdini Paris*, it featured a loose narrative meant to showcase several of Houdini's famous escapes, including his straitjacket escape.
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.This enraged Houdini as people thought it was Hardeen in suspension and not himself.^ It is said that Hardeen once handed out bills for his show while Houdini was doing his suspended straitjacket escape; Houdini became upset because people thought it was Hardeen up there escaping, not Houdini.
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^ Hardeen never performed the cell himself, and despite Houdini's instructions for it to be "burnt and destroyed" upon Hardeen's death, his brother gave the cell to Houdini collector Sidney H. Radner in the 1940s.
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.For the majority of his career, Houdini performed his act as a headliner in vaudeville.^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ For the majority of his career, Houdini performed his act as a headliner in vaudeville.
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^ For the majority of his career, Houdini performed his act as a headliner in vaudeville .

.For many years, he was the highest-paid performer in American vaudeville.^ For many years, he was the highest-paid performer in American vaudeville.
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.One of Houdini's most notable non-escape stage illusions was performed at New York's Hippodrome Theater when he vanished a full-grown elephant (with its trainer) from a stage, beneath which was a swimming pool.^ On January 7, 1918, Houdini introduced the biggest illusion ever staged at the New York Hippodrome --- or anywhere else!
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^ In 1918, I presented Jenny the "Vanishing Elephant", the world's largest illusion on a giant stage at the Hippodrome in New York City.
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^ One of Houdini's most notable non-escape stage illusions was performed at New York 's Hippodrome Theater when he vanished a full-grown elephant (with its trainer) from a stage, beneath which was a swimming pool.

.In 1923, Houdini became president of Martinka & Co., America's oldest magic company.^ That same year, I became president of Martinka & Co., a magic company.
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^ In 1923, Houdini became president of Martinka & Co., America's oldest magic company.
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^ It is widely held that Houdini became first president to the Magic Circle in 1905, however, according to Dawes, he actually took office from 1911.

.The business is still in operation today.^ The business is still in operation today.
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.He also served as President of the Society of American Magicians (aka S.A.M.) from 1917 until his death in 1926. In the final years of his life (1925/26), Houdini launched his own full-evening show, which he billed as "3 Shows in One: Magic, Escapes, and Fraud Mediums Exposed."^ Houdini tour museum and magic show.
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^ From his breakthrough in 1899 to his death in 1926, Houdini was ...
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^ This was Houdinis full evening performance.

Notable escapes

The Mirror Handcuff Challenge

.In 1904, the London Daily Mirror newspaper challenged Houdini to escape from a special handcuff that it claimed had taken Nathaniel Hart, a locksmith from Birmingham, seven years to make.^ In 1904, the London Daily Mirror newspaper challenged Houdini to escape from a special handcuff that it claimed had taken a Birmingham locksmith five years to make.

^ Notable escapes The Mirror Handcuff Challenge In 1904, the London Daily Mirror newspaper challenged Houdini to escape from a special handcuff that it claimed had taken Nathaniel Hart, a locksmith from Hertfordshire, five years to make.
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^ The Mirror challenge In 1904, the London Daily Mirror newspaper challenged Houdini to escape from a special handcuff that it claimed had taken a Birmingham locksmith five years to make.

.Houdini accepted the challenge for March 17 during a matinée performance at London's Hippodrome theater.^ Houdini was performing in London.
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^ Houdini was in Montreal performing at the Princess Theater.
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^ Houdini accepted the challenge for March 17 during a matinee performance at London's Hippodrome theater.
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.It was reported that 4000 people and more than 100 journalists turned out for the much-hyped event.^ It was reported that 4000 people and more than 100 journalists turned out for the much-hyped event.
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^ In so doing, I hope to suggest that the connection between the two is much more than mere illusion.

^ More than 20,000 people turned out to watch him wriggle out of his bindings in Providence.
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.The escape attempt dragged on for over an hour, during which Houdini emerged from his "ghost house" (a small screen used to conceal the method of his escape) several times.^ The escape attempt dragged on for over an hour, during which Houdini emerged from his "ghost house" (a small screen used to conceal the method of his escape) several times.
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^ Reveals some of Houdini's escape methods.
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^ Titled *Merveilleux Exploits du Clbre Houdini Paris*, it featured a loose narrative meant to showcase several of Houdini's famous escapes, including his straitjacket escape.
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.On one occasion, he asked if the cuff could be removed so he could take off his coat.^ On one occasion, he asked if the cuff could be removed so he could take off his coat.
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^ When Whitehead came in and asked if it was true that Houdini could take any blow to the stomach, Houdini replied in the affirmative.
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^ He claimed he could take punches from anyone, yet this time, he was caught off guard and was not able to firm up his muscles.
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.The Mirror representative, Frank Parker, refused, saying Houdini could gain an advantage if he saw how the cuff was unlocked.^ The Mirror representative, Frank Parker, refused, saying Houdini could gain an advantage if he saw how the cuff was unlocked.
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^ Houdini demonstrates how a photographer could produce fraudulent "spirit photographs" that documented the apparition and social interaction of deceased individuals.
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^ He claimed that no tricks could explain Houdini's feats, such as his escapes from jails: «It take some credulity, I think, to say that this was, in the ordinary sense of the word, a trick».
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.Houdini promptly took out a pen-knife and, holding the knife in his teeth, used it to cut his coat from his body.^ Houdini promptly took out a pen-knife and, holding the knife in his teeth, used it to cut his coat from his body.
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^ Houdini promptly took out a pen-knife and used it to cut his coat from his body.
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^ Eddy Saint took charge of the proceedings and started things off with the playing of Pomp and Circumstance, a tune that had been used by Houdini to start his act in the later years.
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.Some 56 minutes later, Houdini's wife appeared on stage and gave him a kiss.^ Some 56 minutes later, Houdini's wife appeared on stage and gave him a kiss.
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^ Houdini's wife appeared on stage and gave him a kiss.
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^ Appearance and voice Unlike the image of the classic magician, Houdini was short and stocky and typically appeared on stage in a long frock coat and tie.
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.It is believed that in her mouth was the key to unlock the special handcuff.^ It is believed that in her mouth was the key to unlock the special handcuff.
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.Houdini then went back behind the curtain.^ Houdini then went back behind the curtain.
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^ Houdini then went back behind the curtain.After an hour and ten minutes, Houdini emerged free.

^ As the article states, Houdini would (for the most part) always perform escapes from behind a curtain.

.After an hour and ten minutes, Houdini emerged free.^ After an hour and ten minutes, Houdini emerged free.
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^ Houdini then went back behind the curtain.After an hour and ten minutes, Houdini emerged free.

^ The escape attempt dragged on for over an hour, during which Houdini emerged from his "ghost house" (a small screen used to conceal the method of his escape) several times.
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.As he was paraded on the shoulders of the cheering crowd, he broke down and wept.^ As he was paraded on the shoulders of the cheering crowd, he broke down and wept.
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.Houdini later said it was the most difficult escape of his career.^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ Houdini later said it was the most difficult escape of his career.
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^ In 1893 Houdini married Wilhelmina (Bess) Rahner and together the two undertook a music hall career with an escape act.

[11]
.After Houdini's death, his friend, Martin Beck , published in his book, Sensational Tales of Mystery Men, that Houdini was bested that day and appealed to his wife, Bess, for help.^ After Houdini's death, his friend, Will Goldstone, published in his book, Sensational Tales of Mystery Men , that Houdini was bested that day and appealed to his wife, Bess, for help.

^ After Houdini's death, his friend, Will Goldstone, published in his book, *Sensational Tales of Mystery Men*, that Houdini was bested that day and appealed to his wife, Bess, for help.
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^ They had little success until Martin Beck, a major figure in vaudeville spotted the act and offered Houdini a place on his Orpheum circuit in 1897.

.Goldstone goes on to claim that Bess begged the key from the Mirror representative, then slipped it to Houdini in a glass of water.^ Goldstone goes on to claim that Bess begged the key from the Mirror representative, then slipped it to Houdini in a glass of water.
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^ Bess collected double indemnity on his life insurance policy by claiming the blow was equivalent to "an accident which directly caused the premature demise of Harry Houdini."
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^ After Houdini's death, his friend, Will Goldstone, published in his book, *Sensational Tales of Mystery Men*, that Houdini was bested that day and appealed to his wife, Bess, for help.
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.However, it was stated in the book "The Secret Life of Houdini" that the key required to open the specially designed Mirror handcuffs was 6" long, and so could not be smuggled to Houdini via a glass or his wife's mouth.^ It is believed that in her mouth was the key to unlock the special handcuff.
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^ In 1909, the London Daily Mirror newspaper challenged Houdini to escape from a special handcuff that it claimed had taken Nathaniel Hart, a locksmith from Birmingham, five years to make.
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^ Many modern biographers have found evidence (notably in the custom design of the handcuff itself) that the entire Mirror challenge was pre-arranged by Houdini and the newspaper, and that his long struggle to escape was pure showmanship.
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.Goldstone offered no proof of his account, and many modern biographers have found evidence (notably in the custom design of the handcuff itself) that the entire Mirror challenge was pre-arranged by Houdini and the newspaper, and that his long struggle to escape was pure showmanship.^ Many modern biographers have found evidence (notably in the custom design of the handcuff itself) that the entire Mirror challenge was pre-arranged by Houdini and the newspaper, and that his long struggle to escape was pure showmanship.
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^ Goldstone offered no proof of his account, and many modern biographers have found evidence (notably in the custom design of the handcuff itself) that the entire Mirror challenge was pre-arranged by Houdini and the newspaper, and that his long struggle to escape was pure showmanship.
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^ In 1909, the London Daily Mirror newspaper challenged Houdini to escape from a special handcuff that it claimed had taken Nathaniel Hart, a locksmith from Birmingham, five years to make.
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[12] .In support of this, it has been reported that the sterling silver replica of the Mirror cuffs presented to Houdini in honor of his escape was actually made the year before the escape actually took place (again from "The Secret Life of Houdini").^ In 1909, the London Daily Mirror newspaper challenged Houdini to escape from a special handcuff that it claimed had taken Nathaniel Hart, a locksmith from Birmingham, five years to make.
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^ [Actually, Harry Houdini was born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary and his family moved to United States when he was four years old.
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^ Houdini: Escape into Legend, The Early Years: 1862-1900 by Manny Weltman, Finders/Seekers Enterprises, Los Angeles, 1993.

The Milk Can

.In 1908, Houdini introduced his own original invention, the Milk Can escape.^ Houdini began his famous milk can escapes in 1908.
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^ Houdini's brother, Hardeen, left his own career as a magician and escape artist to run the company.
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^ The original cell was built in England, where Houdini first performed the escape for an audience of one person as part of a one-act play he called "Houdini Upside Down."
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[13] .In this effect, Houdini would be handcuffed and sealed inside an over-sized milk can filled with water and make his escape behind a curtain.^ Houdini would then make his escape in full view of the assembled crowd.
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^ Houdini then went back behind the curtain.
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^ In this effect, Houdini would be handcuffed and sealed inside an over-sized Milk Can filled with water and make his escape behind a curtain.
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.As part of the effect, Houdini would invite members of the audience to hold their breath along with him while he was inside the can.^ As part of the effect, Houdini would invite members of the audience to hold their breath along with him while he was inside the can.
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^ Houdini had not yet discovered the showmanship that would allow him to hold an audience enthralled.
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^ No one would commit to anything without Houdinis opinion, which was why Orson Munn brought him back into the investigation.
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.Advertised with dramatic posters that proclaimed "Failure Means A Drowning Death", the escape proved to be a sensation.^ Advertised with dramatic posters that proclaimed "Failure Means A Drowning Death," the escape proved to be a sensation.
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^ For example, it portrays the cause of Houdini's death to be the magician's failure to escape from the Chinese Water Torture Cell.
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[14] .Houdini soon modified the escape to include the Milk Can being locked inside a wooden chest, being chained or padlocked, and even inside another Milk can.^ Some of the escapes Houdini explains include : .

^ Houdini soon modified the escape to include the Milk Can being locked inside a wooden chest.
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^ This Kino DVD set includes all of Houdini s suriving films as an actor, rare footage of actual handcuff and straitjacket escapes, and a wealth of historical information.
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.Houdini only performed the Milk Can escape as a regular part of his act for four years, but it remains one of the effects most associated with the escape artist.^ Escape artist's death remains as mysterious as his acts.
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^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ He remains one of history's greatest escape artists and magicians.
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.Houdini's brother, Theodore Hardeen, continued to perform the Milk Can (and the wooden chest variation)[15] into the 1940s.^ Houdini continued to travel and perform.
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^ Houdini's brother, Theodore Hardeen, continued to perform the Milk Can (and the wooden chest variation) into the 1940s.
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^ Hardeen, continued to perform the Milk Can (and the wooden chest variation) into the 1940s.

The Milk Can and the Overboard Box are presently housed at the Museum

The Chinese Water Torture Cell

Houdini performing the Chinese Water Torture Cell
.In 1912, the vast number of imitators prompted Houdini to replace his Milk Can act with the Chinese Water Torture Cell.^ The Chinese Water Torture Cell Due to the vast number of imitators of his Milk Can escape, in 1911, Houdini replaced the Milk Can with his most famous escape: The Chinese Water Torture Cell.
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^ Houdini introduced the Chinese Water Torture Cell into his act in 1912.
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^ The show features many of Houdini's famous acts, including the Chinese Water Torture Cell.
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.In this escape, Houdini's feet would be locked in stocks, and he would be lowered upside down into a tank filled with water.^ In this escape, Houdini's feet would be locked in stocks, and he'd be lowered upside down into a tank filled with water.
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^ The stocks would be locked to the top of the cell, and a curtain would conceal his escape.
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^ The tank, with its glass front, is filled with water.
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.The mahogany and metal cell featured a glass front, through which audiences could clearly see Houdini.^ The mahogany and metal cell featured a glass front, through which audiences could clearly see Houdini.
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^ While this was being done, Houdini was building the drama by grimly reminding the audience that a man could only live for a short time without life sustaining air.
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^ Below, youll see photos of both the Houdini Stamp Sheets offered here, all of which have been double matted, professionally framed, with nonGlare glass.

.The stocks would be locked to the top of the cell, and a curtain would conceal his escape.^ The stocks would be locked to the top of the cell, and a curtain would conceal his escape.
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^ Back in England again in 1914, I built my famous Chinese Water Torture Cell, in which I was locked hanging upside down by my feet in water before my escape.
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^ In this escape, Houdini's feet would be locked in stocks, and he'd be lowered upside down into a tank filled with water.
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.In the earliest version of the Torture Cell, a metal cage was lowered into the cell, and Houdini was enclosed inside that.^ In the earliest version of the Torture Cell, a metal cage was lowered into the cell, and Houdini was enclosed inside that.
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^ While the Water Torture Cell was reported to have been destroyed, its metal frame remained, and the cell was restored by illusion builder John Gaughan.
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^ But Hardeen sold much of the collection to magician and Houdini enthusiast Sidney H. Radner during the 1940s, including the Water Torture Cell.
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.While making the escape more difficult (the cage prevented Houdini from turning), the cage bars also offered protection should the front glass break.^ While making the escape more difficult (the cage prevented Houdini from turning), the cage bars also offered protection should the glass front break.
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^ After years of struggling on the dime museum circuit, Harry Houdini got a break that put him on the front page of a Chicago newspaper.
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^ A Mr. Gysel stated that at 10:58 on the evening of October 24, a photograph of Houdini that he had framed and hung on the wall suddenly fell to the ground, breaking the glass.
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.The original cell was built in England, where Houdini first performed the escape for an audience of one person as part of a one-act play he called "Houdini Upside Down". This was so he could copyright the effect and have grounds to sue imitators (which he did).^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ This was so he could copyright the effect and have grounds to sue imitators (which he did).
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^ Could Houdini's be the first?
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.While the escape was advertised as "The Chinese Water Torture Cell" or "The Water Torture Cell", Houdini always referred to it as "the Upside Down" or "USD". The first public performance of the USD was at the Circus Busch in Berlin, on September 21, 1912. Houdini continued to perform the escape until his death in 1926. Despite two Hollywood movies depicting Houdini dying in the Torture Cell, the escape had nothing to do with his demise.^ Houdini continued to travel and perform.
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^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ He was also performing his famous Chinese-water torture escape at the Orpheum.
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This trick is still a mystery today.[16]

Suspended straitjacket escape

.One of Houdini's most popular publicity stunts was to have himself strapped into a regulation straitjacket and suspended by his ankles from a tall building or crane.^ Suspended straitjacket escape One of Houdini's most popular publicity stunts was to have himself strapped into a regulation straitjacket and suspended by his ankles from a tall building or crane.
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^ Then, one night in 1926, while performing his famous Water Torture Cell escape, during which Houdini hung suspended upside-down in a chamber of water, ropes secured to his feet were jerked improperly, causing his ankle to break.
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^ He devised a secret code with the one person that he trusted most, his wife Bess, so that if a message should arrive from the beyond, that she would be able to determine that it was really from Houdini.
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.Houdini would then make his escape in full view of the assembled crowd.^ Houdini would then make his escape in full view of the assembled crowd.
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^ Houdini would sometimes ensure press coverage by performing the escape from the office building of a local newspaper.
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^ In this escape, Houdini's feet would be locked in stocks, and he'd be lowered upside down into a tank filled with water.
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.In many cases, Houdini would draw thousands of onlookers who would choke the street and bring city traffic to a halt.^ In many cases, Houdini would draw thousands of onlookers who would chock the street and bring city traffic to a halt.

^ In many cases, Houdini would draw thousands of onlookers who would choke the street and bring city traffic to a halt.
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^ Houdini's magical training allowed him to expose frauds who had successfully fooled many scientists and academics.
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.Houdini would sometimes ensure press coverage by performing the escape from the office building of a local newspaper.^ Houdini would sometimes ensure press coverage by performing the escape from the office building of a local newspaper.
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^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ Houdini's last performance When Houdini arrived at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, on October 24, 1926, for what would be his last performance, he had a fever of 104 degrees F (40C).
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.In New York City, Houdini performed the suspended straitjacket escape from a crane being used to build the New York subway.^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ In New York City, Houdini performed the suspended straitjacket escape from a crane being used to build the New York subway.
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^ Lock him up in a jail, handcuffed and helpless, in any city in the world -- Moscow, New York, Vienna, Paris, or Providence; Houdini will escape.
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.After flinging his body in the air, Houdini escaped from the straitjacket.^ Besides escaping from handcuffs, shackles, straitjackets and other constraints, Houdini added danger and excitement to his acts by escaping from water-filled containers.

^ A film of Harry Houdini escaping from a straitjacket while hanging upside down.
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.Starting from when he was hoisted up in the air by the crane, to when the straitjacket was completely off, it took Houdini two minutes and thirty-seven seconds.^ Suspended straitjacket escape One of Houdini's most popular publicity stunts was to have himself strapped into a regulation straitjacket and suspended by his ankles from a tall building or crane.
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^ Houdini refused and went on with the show, which started 30 minutes late.
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^ They shut the door, and in precisely two minutes (120 seconds), Houdini came forth, carrying a load of unlocked junk that would have sunk a small yacht.
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.There is film footage of Houdini performing the escape in The Library of Congress.^ Film footage of Houdini performing the escape in Dayton, Ohio, exists in The Library of Congress.
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^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ This Kino DVD set includes all of Houdini s suriving films as an actor, rare footage of actual handcuff and straitjacket escapes, and a wealth of historical information.
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.After being battered against a building in high winds during one escape, Houdini performed the escape with a visible safety wire on his ankle so that he could be pulled away from the building if necessary.^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ Then, one night in 1926, while performing his famous Water Torture Cell escape, during which Houdini hung suspended upside-down in a chamber of water, ropes secured to his feet were jerked improperly, causing his ankle to break.
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^ One of Houdini's most notable non-escape stage illusions was performed at New York's Hippodrome Theater when he vanished a full-grown elephant (with its trainer) from a stage, beneath which was a swimming pool.
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Overboard Box Escape

.Another one of Houdini's most famous publicity stunts(Dalton) was to escape from a nailed and roped packing crate after it had been lowered into the water.^ The one stunt Houdini backed down on!
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^ Houdini also expanded his challenge escape act - in which he invited the public to devise contraptions to hold him - to included nailed packing crates (sometimes lowered into the water), riveted boilers, wet-sheets, mailbags, and even the belly of a whale that washed ashore in Boston.
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^ By Kate Silver, Las Vegas Weekly December 11, 2003 If his wish had been honored, if his illusions had all gone to the grave with him and his brother, one of Houdini's most famous tricks wouldn't be boxed up in a Las Vegas warehouse right now, in need of an escape artist.
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.Houdini first performed the escape in New York's East River on July 7, 1912. Police forbade him from using one of the piers, so Houdini hired a tugboat and invited press on board.^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ New York : Abbeville Press, 1980.
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^ On a brightly lit stage in New York City, Houdini fired a pistol and Jennie the 10,000-pound elephant instantly disappeared.
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.Houdini was locked in handcuffs and leg-irons, then nailed into the crate which was roped and weighed down with two hundred pounds of lead.^ As a publicity stunt on Thursday, September 18th, Houdini would have himself placed in shackles, handcuffs and chains, then jump into the Dutzendteich river.

^ Houdini slashed the rope into short lengths and secured the medium himself.

^ Dissolving into thin air, on the largest stage in the world, an elephant weighing 10,000 pounds.

.The crate was then lowered into water.^ A committee of volunteers was chosen prior to the show and they examined the metal-line mahogany tank, along with the cage that was to be lowered into the water-filled chamber.
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^ Houdini would be lowered into the cramped, water-filled cell headfirst, feet shackled to its lid.
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^ In this escape, Houdini's feet would be locked in stocks, and he'd be lowered upside down into a tank filled with water.
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Houdini escaped in fifty-seven seconds. The crate was pulled to the surface and found to still be intact with the manacles inside. .Houdini would perform this escape many times, and even performed a version on stage, first at Hamerstein's Roof Garden (where a 5,500-gallon tank was specially built), and later at the New York Hippodrome.^ If Franz was in New York when Houdini died, he would have to have been a pallbearer.
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^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ In many of these challenge escapes, Houdini would first be stripped nude and searched.
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[17]
Houdini

Buried Alive

.Throughout his career, Houdini performed three variations on a "Buried Alive" stunt/escape.^ The "Buried Alive" poster was to publicize this stunt.
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^ In 1893 Houdini married Wilhelmina (Bess) Rahner and together the two undertook a music hall career with an escape act.

^ Magic and Illusions - followed by various Escapes and Challenges - ending with Houdinis lecture (with glass slides) concerning his campaign against Fraudulent Mediums.

.The first was near Santa Ana, California in 1917, and it almost cost Houdini his life.^ The secret life of Houdini: The making of America's first superhero.
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^ In later life, Houdini would claim that the first part of his new name, Harry, was a homage to Harry Kellar, whom Houdini admired a great deal.
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^ Friends knew Houdini as Ehrie, so the transition of his first name to Harry was almost inevitable.
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.Houdini was buried, without a casket, in a pit of earth six feet deep.^ HOUDINI TO BE BURIED IN 'STUNT' CASKET DETROIT. Oct.
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He became exhausted and panicky trying to dig his way to the surface and called for help. When his hand finally broke the surface, he fell unconscious and had to be pulled from the grave by his assistants. .Houdini wrote in his diary that the escape was "very dangerous" and that "the weight of the earth is killing."^ With this baffling mystery, wrote Sime Silverman, the editor of Variety , Houdini puts his title of escape artist behind him and becomes the Master Magician.
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^ Two books in one: Houdini's Escapes - 317 pages Houdini's Magic - 316 pages Very nice copy in original cloth.

[18]
.Houdini's second variation on Buried Alive was an endurance test designed to expose mystical Egyptian performer, Rahman Bey, who claimed to use supernatural powers to remain in a sealed casket for an hour.^ Rather than promote the idea that he was assisted by spirits, as did the Davenport Brothers and others, Houdini's advertisements showed him making his escapes via dematerializing, although Houdini himself never claimed to have supernatural powers.
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^ Houdini was impressed by what he had seen at the Crandon home and very impressed with the famous Margery --- though not by her supernatural powers, he quickly assured Orson Munn.
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^ It deepened soon after when Doyle took the side of Spiritualists like J. Hewat McKenzie who made public claims that Houdini escaped from his stage traps by supernatural means.
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.Houdini bettered Bey on August 5, 1926, by remaining in a sealed casket submerged in the swimming pool of New York's Hotel Shelton for one hour and a half.^ Houdini in his "coffin", just before the underwater stunt at the Shelton Hotel swimming pool .
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^ On a brightly lit stage in New York City, Houdini fired a pistol and Jennie the 10,000-pound elephant instantly disappeared.
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^ One of Houdini's most notable non-escape stage illusions was performed at New York's Hippodrome Theater when he vanished a full-grown elephant (with its trainer) from a stage, beneath which was a swimming pool.
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.Houdini claimed he did not use any trickery or supernatural powers to accomplish this feat, just controlled breathing.^ My mind is open, but the proof must be such as to leave no vestige of doubt that what is claimed to be done is accomplished only through or by supernatural power.
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^ "Short breaths and conservation of oxygen," said Houdini, who entered the coffin and stayed there 90 minutes, "did it."
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^ Rather than promote the idea that he was assisted by spirits, as did the Davenport Brothers and others, Houdini's advertisements showed him making his escapes via dematerializing, although Houdini himself never claimed to have supernatural powers.
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[19] .Houdini repeated the feat at the YMCA in Worcester MA on September 28, 1926, this time remaining sealed for one hour and eleven minutes.^ After an hour and ten minutes, Houdini emerged free.
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^ The Egyptian has created a sensation by remaining in a sealed coffin under water for 19 minutes.
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^ In conclusion, Fletcher repeated Houdini's final words, "He says, 'Tell the whole world that Harry Houdini still lives and will prove it a thousand times and more.'
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[20]
.Houdini's final Buried Alive was an elaborate stage escape that was to feature in his full evening show.^ This was Houdinis full evening performance.

^ One of Houdini's most notable non-escape stage illusions was performed at New York's Hippodrome Theater when he vanished a full-grown elephant (with its trainer) from a stage, beneath which was a swimming pool.
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^ Titled *Merveilleux Exploits du Clbre Houdini Paris*, it featured a loose narrative meant to showcase several of Houdini's famous escapes, including his straitjacket escape.
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.The stunt would see Houdini escape after being strapped in a strait-jacket, sealed in a casket, and then buried in a large tank filled with sand.^ In the outdoor strait-jacket footage, Collins is in charge of Houdini's ankles, Vickery is in charge of the shoulders and head.
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^ He likely assumed that Houdini would never see the advertisement but not only did Harry see it, he traveled from Holland to Dortmund, Germany to confront his detractor.
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^ Houdini would play Quentin Locke, an undercover agent for the Justice Department, who used his expertise as an escape artist to thwart the efforts of the villain of the serial.
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.While there are posters advertising the escape (playing off the Bey challenge they boasted "Egyptian Fakirs Outdone!"^ Advertised with dramatic posters that proclaimed "Failure Means A Drowning Death," the escape proved to be a sensation.
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^ At one point, brewers challenged Houdini to escape from his Milk Can after they filled it with beer.
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), it is unclear whether .Houdini ever performed Buried Alive on stage.^ Houdini became convinced that an escape from a straitjacket would be an effective one to perform on stage.
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^ For the rest of Houdini's performing career, Bess would work as his stage assistant.
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.The stunt was to be the feature escape of his 1927 season, but Houdini died in October 1926. The bronze casket Houdini created for Buried Alive was used to transport Houdini's body from Detroit back to New York following his death on Halloween.^ He was buried with the same coffin he used for rehearsal the "Buried Alive" stunt.
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^ The one stunt Houdini backed down on!
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^ Houdini continued to perform the escape until his death in 1926.
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[21]

Movie career

"The Houdini Serial", 1919
"The Grim Game", 1919
Houdini swims above Niagara Falls in a scene from The Man from Beyond (1922)
.In 1906 Houdini started showing films of his outside escapes as part of his Vaudeville act.^ In 1893 Houdini married Wilhelmina (Bess) Rahner and together the two undertook a music hall career with an escape act.

^ This Kino DVD set includes all of Houdini s suriving films as an actor, rare footage of actual handcuff and straitjacket escapes, and a wealth of historical information.
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^ They had little success until Martin Beck, a major figure in vaudeville spotted the act and offered Houdini a place on his Orpheum circuit in 1897.

.In Boston he presented a short film called Houdini Defeats Hackenschmidt.^ The films enjoyed a modest success but were not enough to keep Houdini from his real calling.
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^ Houdini further outraged Bird, the Crandons and their supporters when he published a small book called Houdini Exposes the Tricks Used by the Boston Medium Margery .
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Georg Hackenschmidt was a famous wrestler of the day, but the nature of their contest is unknown as the film is lost.[22] .In 1909, Houdini made a film in Paris for Cinema Lux titled Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini à Paris (The Adventures of Houdini in Paris).^ Titled *Merveilleux Exploits du Clbre Houdini Paris*, it featured a loose narrative meant to showcase several of Houdini's famous escapes, including his straitjacket escape.
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^ In the first, Houdini is being tied to a chair in the 1909 Pathe film "Merveilleux Exploits du Clbre Houdini Paris" and Kukol and Vickery are tying him with a third man who looks like Jimmy Collins, who wasn't supposed to be with the troupe yet.
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^ ZsT1y7lvD6w Vickery and Kukol are tying Houdini up in this clip from "Merveilleux Exploits du Clbre Houdini Paris - Path (1909)."
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[23] .It featured a loose narrative designed to showcase several of Houdini's famous escapes, including his straitjacket and underwater handcuff escapes.^ Titled *Merveilleux Exploits du Clbre Houdini Paris*, it featured a loose narrative meant to showcase several of Houdini's famous escapes, including his straitjacket escape.
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^ This Kino DVD set includes all of Houdini s suriving films as an actor, rare footage of actual handcuff and straitjacket escapes, and a wealth of historical information.
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^ Besides escaping from handcuffs, shackles, straitjackets and other constraints, Houdini added danger and excitement to his acts by escaping from water-filled containers.

.In 1916 he served as special-effects consultant on the Pathé thriller, The Mysteries of Myra.^ Houdini returned to film in 1916 when he served as special-effects consultant on the Path thriller, *The Mysteries of Myra*.
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.That same year, he got an offer to star as Captain Nemo in a silent version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but the project never made it into production.^ That same year, he got an offer to star as Captain Nemo in a silent version of *20,000 Leagues Under the Sea*, but the project never made it into production.
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^ Holt's melodrama, The Breaking of the Drought , was made into a 1920 silent film of the same name, directed by Franklyn Barrett (1874 - July 16 , 1964).
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[24]
.In 1918, Houdini signed a contract with film producer B.A. Rolfe to star in a 15-part serial, The Master Mystery (released in January 1919).^ Before he closed at the Hippodrome, the magician signed a contract with B.F. Rolfe of Octagon Films to star in a movie serial called The Master Mystery .
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^ In 1918, Houdini signed a contract with film producer B.A. Rolfe to star in a 15-part serial, *The Master Mystery* (released in January 1919).
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^ Financial difficulties resulted in B.A. Rolfe Productions going out of business, but *The Master Mystery* was a box-office success and lead to Houdini being signed by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation/Paramount Pictures, for whom he made two pictures, *The Grim Game* (1919) and *Terror Island*(1920).
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.As was common at the time, the film serial was released simultaneously with a novel.^ As was common at the time, the film serial was released simultaneously with a novel.
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^ In 1918, Houdini signed a contract with film producer B.A. Rolfe to star in a 15-part serial, *The Master Mystery* (released in January 1919).
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Financial difficulties resulted in B.A. .Rolfe Productions going out of business, but The Master Mystery led to Houdini being signed by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation/Paramount Pictures, for whom he made two pictures, The Grim Game (1919) and Terror Island (1920).^ Houdini made his first Hollywood feature film, The Grim Game , for Paramount Pictures in the spring of 1919.
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^ Between 1919 and 1923 Houdini expanded his career by making six motion pictures, though none were particularly successful.

^ His second film, Terror Island , was made soon after and confident that he could write and produce movies, as well as star in them, he formed the Houdini Picture Corporation.
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.While filming an aerial stunt for The Grim Game, two biplanes collided in mid-air with a stuntman doubling Houdini dangling by a rope from one of the planes.^ Houdini broke three bones in his left wrist while filming one of the early scenes but production continued.
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^ Houdini made his first Hollywood feature film, The Grim Game , for Paramount Pictures in the spring of 1919.
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^ "Houdini releasing himself from a strait-jacket while suspended in mid-air, with head downwards" .

.Publicity was geared heavily toward promoting this dramatic "caught on film" moment, claiming it was Houdini himself dangling from the plane.^ As a publicity stunt on Thursday, September 18th, Houdini would have himself placed in shackles, handcuffs and chains, then jump into the Dutzendteich river.

.While filming these movies in Los Angeles, Houdini rented a home in Laurel Canyon.^ His second film, Terror Island , was made soon after and confident that he could write and produce movies, as well as star in them, he formed the Houdini Picture Corporation.
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^ Incidentally, when Houdini lived in Laurel Canyon, the canyon was still considered part of Beverly Hills.
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^ Houdini didn't live at 2398 Laurel Canyon, but, he did live on the estate.
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.Following his two-picture stint in Hollywood, Houdini returned to New York and started his own film production company called the "Houdini Picture Corporation."^ On a brightly lit stage in New York City, Houdini fired a pistol and Jennie the 10,000-pound elephant instantly disappeared.
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^ He said that on one early morning in October 1926, Houdini called him in New York and asked him to come with his car to West 113th Street, as he was in a hurry and had to move some things.
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^ A New York Times article from January 15, 1929, reported that Mrs. Houdini strongly believed that there was no fraud involved.
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.He produced and starred in two films, The Man From Beyond (1921) and Haldane of the Secret Service (1923).^ His second film, Terror Island , was made soon after and confident that he could write and produce movies, as well as star in them, he formed the Houdini Picture Corporation.
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^ Master magician Harry Houdini (1874-1926) starred in five silent films from 1919 to 1923.
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^ Making personal appearances to promote his film The Man from Beyond , he projected slides of famous mediums and denounced the deceptions they performed during their sances.
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.He also founded his own film laboratory business called The Film Development Corporation (FDC), gambling on a new process for developing motion picture film.^ The famed illusionist/escape artist also founded his own movie company, the Houdini Picture Corporation.
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^ His second film, Terror Island , was made soon after and confident that he could write and produce movies, as well as star in them, he formed the Houdini Picture Corporation.
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^ Walker owned the house at 2435 Laurel Canyon, where Harry and Bess Houdini lived in 1919, while making motion pictures.

.Houdini’s brother, Theodore Hardeen, left his own career as a magician and escape artist to run the company.^ Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career.
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^ After Houdini's death, the cell was willed to his brother who performed as the escape artist Theodore Hardeen.
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^ Young Erich was fascinated by magic and circuses from an early age, and began his career as a magician in 1891 with Jacob Hyman as one of "The Brothers Houdini," a name inspired by the French magician Houdin.

Magician Harry Kellar was a major investor.[25]
.Neither Houdini's acting career nor FDC found success, and he gave up on the movie business in 1923, complaining that "the profits are too meager.” But his celebrity was such that, years later, he would be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 7001 Hollywood Blvd).^ They had little success until Martin Beck, a major figure in vaudeville spotted the act and offered Houdini a place on his Orpheum circuit in 1897.

^ Between 1919 and 1923 Houdini expanded his career by making six motion pictures, though none were particularly successful.

^ In 1893 Houdini married Wilhelmina (Bess) Rahner and together the two undertook a music hall career with an escape act.

.As of 2007, only The Man From Beyond had been commercially released on DVD. Incomplete versions of The Master Mystery and Terror Island were released by private collectors on VHS. Complete 35 mm prints of Haldane of the Secret Service and The Grim Game exist only in private collections.^ The Man from Beyond and Haldane of the Secret Service followed the pattern of his earlier films with Houdini playing a hero who managed to escape from his adversaries diabolical traps and tortures.
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^ This is reproduced from the only known complete copy, which is in my collection.

^ Includes: THE MASTER MYSTERY (1919, 238m, Color Tinted) TERROR ISLAND (1920, 55m, B&W) THE MAN FROM BEYOND (1922, 68m, Color Tinted) HALDANE OF THE SECRET SERVICE (1923, 84m, Color Tinted) THE GRIM GAME (Fragment, 1919, 5m, Color Tinted) - SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Filmed records of Houdini escapes (ca.
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Haldane of the Secret Service was screened in Los Angeles in 2007.[26]
.In April 2008, Kino International released a DVD box set of Houdini's surviving silent movies.^ This Kino DVD set includes all of Houdini s suriving films as an actor, rare footage of actual handcuff and straitjacket escapes, and a wealth of historical information.
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^ Photo shows Houdini and his niece, Marie Hinson Blood, taken on set of one of Houdini's silent movies .

^ There is some wonderful footage of Franz Kukol in the 1907 bridge jump on the Kino Houdini the Movie Star 3 dvd set Special Features.
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.The set includes The Master Mystery, Terror Island, The Man From Beyond, Haldane of the Secret Service, and five minutes from The Grim Game.^ On the same dvd, "Frank" has a nice little cameo in "Haldane of the Secret Service."
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^ Includes: THE MASTER MYSTERY (1919, 238m, Color Tinted) TERROR ISLAND (1920, 55m, B&W) THE MAN FROM BEYOND (1922, 68m, Color Tinted) HALDANE OF THE SECRET SERVICE (1923, 84m, Color Tinted) THE GRIM GAME (Fragment, 1919, 5m, Color Tinted) - SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Filmed records of Houdini escapes (ca.
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^ The Man from Beyond and Haldane of the Secret Service followed the pattern of his earlier films with Houdini playing a hero who managed to escape from his adversaries diabolical traps and tortures.
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.The set also includes newsreel footage of Houdini's escapes from 1907 to 1923, and a section from Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini à Paris (although it is not identified as such).^ Some of the escapes Houdini explains include : .

^ This Kino DVD set includes all of Houdini s suriving films as an actor, rare footage of actual handcuff and straitjacket escapes, and a wealth of historical information.
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^ ZsT1y7lvD6w Vickery and Kukol are tying Houdini up in this clip from "Merveilleux Exploits du Clbre Houdini Paris - Path (1909)."
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Pioneer aviator

In 1909, Houdini became fascinated with aviation. That same year, he purchased a French Voisin biplane for $5000 and hired a full-time mechanic, Antonio Brassac. .Houdini painted his name in bold block letters on the Voisin's sidepanels and tail.^ A Xerox reproduction of the letter which lists the slides and with a typed note indicating that the hand painted colored slides were the property of Houdini.

.After crashing once, Houdini made his first successful flight on November 26 in Hamburg, Germany.^ Houdini made the first controlled powered flight in Australia .
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^ Houdini came in for a perfect landing after the first sustained flight in Australian history.
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^ Houdini made his first Hollywood feature film, The Grim Game , for Paramount Pictures in the spring of 1919.
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.In 1910, Houdini toured Australia.^ The crated biplane was stored in the hold of a ship and in January 1910, Houdini sailed for Australia.
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^ Franz, Kaiser Wilhelm mustache and all, can be seen attending to Houdini at a 1907 bridge jump and the 1910 aeroplane flight in Australia.
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.He brought with him his Voisin biplane and achieved the first powered flight over Australia, on March 18 at Diggers Rest, Victoria (near Melton), just north of Melbourne.^ Houdini made the first controlled powered flight in Australia .
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^ Nice detailed article about Houdini's flight at Diggers Rest.

^ GOOD WEEKEND, The Age Magazine - March 18, 2000 From Australia, this is a Large-Size magazine in that it measures approx.

[28] Colin Defries preceded him, but he crashed the plane on landing.[29] .Houdini proudly claimed to reporters that, while the world may forget about him as a magician and escape artist, it would never forget Houdini the pioneer aviator.^ Stage magician and escape artist .
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^ All Tags » Harry Houdini ( RSS ) Movies news Harry Houdini film in the works Posted: June 03, 2009, 4:15 PM by Mark Medley Movies , news , Harry Houdini A new film based on the life of renowned magician and escape artist Harry Houdini is in the works .

^ I'm sure there are still secrets in the house left by Houdini, just waiting for a group of magicians and psychics to discover them (now that's a reality show I would watch)...Do you think that any of Houdini's movies may have had scenes shot in the house?
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.After his Australia tour, Houdini put the Voisin into storage in England.^ This upset Houdini and he started to put a lot of time and effort into exposing these mediums publicly.
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^ In 1920, during a tour of England, Houdini met Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a spokesperson for Spiritualism.
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.Although he announced he would use it to fly from city to city during his next Music Hall tour, Houdini never flew again.^ In 1893 Houdini married Wilhelmina (Bess) Rahner and together the two undertook a music hall career with an escape act.

^ Houdini, who had not been present during Crandons investigations, much less stumped, was stunned to think the magazine would even consider approving a medium that he had never seen.
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^ It is our firm belief that Bess Houdini would never approve of this.
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[30]
.A celebration commemorating the centenary of Houdini’s first flight is being planned for Diggers Rest in 2010. The weekend long event will be held March 18–21 and will include the dedication of a new monument, a Houdini-Centenary air-show, magic performances, and the display of a one-third scale model of Houdini’s Voisin.^ Nice detailed article about Houdini's flight at Diggers Rest.

^ Houdini, being the great shows-man that he was, took to the stage while suffering from internal injuries.
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^ Houdini celebrated by issuing a new advertising lithograph showing himself in a tuxedo and manacles, standing before the highest German tribunal.
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[31]

Debunking spiritualists

Houdini demonstrates how a photographer could produce fraudulent "spirit photographs" that documented the apparition and social interaction of deceased individuals[32]
.In the 1920s, after the death of his mother, Cecilia, he turned his energies toward debunking self-proclaimed psychics and mediums, a pursuit that would inspire and be followed by later-day conjurers.^ In the 1920s, after the death of his beloved mother, Cecilia, he turned his energies toward debunking self-proclaimed psychics and mediums, a pursuit that would inspire and be followed by later-day conjurers Milbourne Christopher, James Randi, Martin Gardner, P.C. Sorcar, Criss Angel, and Penn and Teller.

^ In the 1920s he turned his attention to debunking spiritualism, the belief that the dead can contact the living.

^ Arthur Ford, the psychic medium, wrote about this case in the following article.
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.Houdini's training in magic allowed him to expose frauds who had successfully fooled many scientists and academics.^ Houdini's magical training allowed him to expose frauds who had successfully fooled many scientists and academics.

^ More than anything, Houdini wanted to find a genuine medium --- a real psychic who would put him in touch with his mother.
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^ There were many, including some of the panel, who believed that Houdini had been the one who was caught cheating this time.
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.He was a member of a Scientific American committee that offered a cash prize to any medium who could successfully demonstrate supernatural abilities.^ He was a member of a Scientific American committee which offered a cash prize to any medium who could successfully demonstrate supernatural abilities.

^ She spread the word that she was waiting for a secret message from her husband and word spread far and wide that Bess had offered $10,000 to any medium who could deliver a true message from Houdini.
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^ Years later, at least one committee member would tell of his amorous encounters with the celebrated medium.
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.None was able to do so, and the prize was never collected.^ Thanks to the contributions and skepticism of Houdini and four other committee members, the prize was never collected.

The first to be tested was medium George Valentine of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. .As his fame as a "ghostbuster" grew, Houdini took to attending séances in disguise, accompanied by a reporter and police officer.^ In November 1895, Houdini amazed officers at a police station in Gloucester, Massachusetts by freeing himself from a pair of their handcuffs.
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.Possibly the most famous medium whom he debunked was the Boston medium Mina Crandon, also known as "Margery". Houdini chronicled his debunking exploits in his book, A Magician Among the Spirits.^ Houdini further outraged Bird, the Crandons and their supporters when he published a small book called Houdini Exposes the Tricks Used by the Boston Medium Margery .
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^ The article also includes details about Houdini's automatic writing session with Mrs. Doyle (Lady Jean) in 1922 and mentions Houdini's debunking of Mina Crandon, the medium known as "Margery".
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^ Outraged, Dr. Crandon accused the magician of trying to sabotage the proceedings, a charge that Houdini repeatedly denied.
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.These activities cost Houdini the friendship of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.^ The following article focuses on the relationship between Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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^ These activities cost Houdini the friendship of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

^ In 1920, during a tour of England, Houdini met Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a spokesperson for Spiritualism.
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.Conan Doyle, a firm believer in Spiritualism during his later years, refused to believe any of Houdini's exposés.^ Conan Doyle, a firm believer in Spiritualism during his later years, refused to believe any of Houdini's exposés.

^ These activities cost Houdini the friendship of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

^ Houdini believed that this had badly compromised their objectivity and later, it was learned that accepting food and a bed from the Crandons were the least of the problems.
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.Conan Doyle came to believe that Houdini was a powerful spiritualist medium, had performed many of his stunts by means of paranormal abilities and was using these abilities to block those of other mediums that he was 'debunking' (see Conan Doyle's The Edge of The Unknown, published in 1931, after Houdini's death).^ The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame -- his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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^ In doing so, Houdini triggered the wrath of fanatical Spiritualists, led by the esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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^ He met a number of British mediums through Conan Doyle but encountered nothing but trickery at their sances.
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.This disagreement led to the two men becoming public antagonists.^ This disagreement led to the two men becoming public antagonists.

^ The two men would become great friends, then bitter rivals, their strange relationship ending only with the magician's death.
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Yearly séances

.Bess Houdini, the magician's widow, held yearly séances on Halloween for ten years after Houdini's death, but Houdini never appeared.^ Bess Houdini held yearly séances on Halloween for ten years after Houdini's death, but Houdini never appeared.

^ Some have suggested that Houdini came up with the idea of the death pact because he was already receiving some foreboding of his death (which was just three years away) but this is not the case.
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^ A group of friends, fellow magicians, occultists, scientists and Bess Houdini herself gathered in Hollywood, on the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel.
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In 1936, after a last unsuccessful séance on the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel, she put out the candle that she had kept burning beside a photograph of Houdini since his death, later saying in 1943 that "ten years is long enough to wait for any man." The tradition of holding a séance for Houdini continues by magicians throughout the world to this day; the Official Houdini Séance is currently organized by Sidney Hollis Radner, a Houdini aficionado from upstate New York.[33] .Yearly Houdini Séances are also conducted in Chicago at Excalibur (nightclub) by "necromancer" Neil Tobin on behalf of the Chicago Assembly of the Society of American Magicians[34]; and at the Houdini Museum in Scranton by magician Dorothy Dietrich who previously held them at New York's famous Magic Towne House with such magical notables as Houdini biographers Walter B. Gibson and Milbourne Christopher.^ After years of struggling on the dime museum circuit, Harry Houdini got a break that put him on the front page of a Chicago newspaper.
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^ On a brightly lit stage in New York City, Houdini fired a pistol and Jennie the 10,000-pound elephant instantly disappeared.
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^ Bess's relatives were honored guests at the US Post Office official stamp issuance held at the Society of American Magician convention held in New York City on July 3, 2002.
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Appearance and voice

Heavyweight boxer Jack Dempsey mock punching Houdini (held back by lightweight boxer Benny Leonard)
.Unlike the image of the classic magician, Houdini was short and stocky and typically appeared on stage in a long frock coat and tie.^ Some 56 minutes later, Houdini's wife appeared on stage and gave him a kiss.
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^ Fellow committeemen planned to tie the Italian medium with a single long rope and Houdini literally exploded.
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Most biographers peg his height as 5'5", but descriptions vary. .Houdini was also said to be slightly bow-legged, which aided in his ability to gain slack during his rope escapes.^ The escape attempt dragged on for over an hour, during which Houdini emerged from his "ghost house" (a small screen used to conceal the method of his escape) several times.
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^ On the night of October 11, a chain slipped during Houdinis famous Chinese Water Torture Cell escape and fractured his ankle.
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^ Houdini later said it was the most difficult escape of his career.
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In the 1996 biography Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss, author Kenneth Silverman summarizes how reporters described Houdini's appearance during his early career:
.They stressed his smallness – "somewhat undersized" – and angular, vivid features: "He is smooth-shaven with a keen, sharp-chinned, sharp-cheekboned face, bright blue eyes and thick, curly, black hair."^ Minas slender figure, fashionably bobbed hair and light blue eyes made her, in the words of one admirer, too attractive for her own good.
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Some sensed how much his complexly expressive smile was the outlet of his charismatic stage presence. .It communicated to audiences at once warm amiability, pleasure in performing, and, more subtly, imperious self-assurance.^ The audience enjoyed the ensuing performance all the more because of that pleasant and very human prelude.
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.Several reporters tried to capture the charming effect, describing him as "happy-looking", "pleasant-faced", "good natured at all times", "the young Hungarian magician with the pleasant smile and easy confidence."^ Several members of Bess Houdini's family are members of the Society of American Magicians (SAM) and have tried to promote him through the art of magic that Houdini loved.
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^ It would be during this tour that the show began to be plagued with problems and mishaps and soon, the curtain would fall on the great magician for all time.
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^ Naturally, I assented, but he must have read puzzlement on my face for he looked back at his wife and said, "Show him how we handle weisenheimers," Bess Houdini blushed, looking even more like a little girl.
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The only known recording of Houdini's voice reveals it to be heavily accented. .Houdini made these recordings on Edison wax cylinders on October 29, 1914, in Flatbush, New York.^ On a brightly lit stage in New York City, Houdini fired a pistol and Jennie the 10,000-pound elephant instantly disappeared.
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^ Lock him up in a jail, handcuffed and helpless, in any city in the world -- Moscow, New York, Vienna, Paris, or Providence; Houdini will escape.
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^ He said that on one early morning in October 1926, Houdini called him in New York and asked him to come with his car to West 113th Street, as he was in a hurry and had to move some things.
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.On them, Houdini practices several different introductory speeches for his famous Chinese Water Torture Cell.^ Houdini introduced the Chinese Water Torture Cell into his act in 1912.
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^ On the night of October 11, a chain slipped during Houdinis famous Chinese Water Torture Cell escape and fractured his ankle.
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^ Houdini made the first of the escapes for which he would become the most famous --- from a padlocked water can --- at the Columbia Theatre in St. Louis in January 1908.
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He also invites his sister, Gladys, to recite a poem. Houdini then recites the same poem in German. The six wax cylinders were discovered in the collection of magician John Mulholland after his death in 1970.[36] They are currently part of the David Copperfield collection.

Artifacts

.Houdini's brother, Theodore Hardeen, who returned to performing after Houdini's death, inherited his brother's effects and props.^ Audio recording of Houdini speaking (1914) - Excerpts from the NY Censor Board files - Slippery Jim, a 1910 Houdini-inspired comedy - The illusion Metamorphosis performed by Houdini s brother Hardeen and others.
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^ Jim Vickery was with Hardeen from Houdini's death (starting in 1927) through the Million Dollar Pier period (1933-), then, things got slow.
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^ The voice turned out to belong to Minas brother, Walter Stinson, who had been crushed to death in a railroad accident in 1911.

.Houdini's will stipulated that all the effects should be "burned and destroyed" upon Hardeen's death.^ Jim Vickery was with Hardeen from Houdini's death (starting in 1927) through the Million Dollar Pier period (1933-), then, things got slow.
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^ The next day, the papers all carried the story that the "old Houdini mansion" had burned down.
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^ Some speculated that perhaps Houdini did come through after all, as the flamboyant performer just might have made his presence known by the spectacular effects of the thunderstorm.

.Hardeen sold much of the collection to magician and Houdini enthusiast Sidney Hollis Radner during the 1940s, including the Water Torture Cell.^ The tradition of holding a séance for Houdini continues by magicians throughout the world to this day; the Official Houdini séance is currently organized by Sidney H. Radner.

^ On the night of October 11, a chain slipped during Houdinis famous Chinese Water Torture Cell escape and fractured his ankle.
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^ Kukol assisted Houdini in his escape from the water cell and other experiments.
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[37] .Radner allowed choice pieces of the collection to be displayed at The Houdini Magical Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls, Canada.^ Volume 5, #11 - June 1989 - Photo of The Outagamie Museum, on the cover, with article about the museum and the hosting of Sidney Radner's Houdini collection.

^ Houdini's magical training allowed him to expose frauds who had successfully fooled many scientists and academics.

In 1995, a fire destroyed the museum. .While the Water Torture Cell was reported to have been destroyed, its metal frame remained, and the cell was restored by illusion builder John Gaughan.^ Comes with a quality 8x10 (not computer print out) photo of HOUDINI, upside down, inside the Water Torture Cell.

^ On the night of October 11, a chain slipped during Houdinis famous Chinese Water Torture Cell escape and fractured his ankle.
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^ Houdini introduced the Chinese Water Torture Cell into his act in 1912.
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[38] Many of the props contained in the museum such as the Mirror Handcuffs, Houdini's original packing crate, a Milk Can, and a straight-jacket, survived the fire and were auctioned off in 1999 and 2008.
Radner archived the bulk of his collection at the Houdini Museum in Appleton, Wisconsin, but pulled it in 2003 and auctioned it off in Las Vegas on October 30, 2004.[39]

Death

Houdini and his wife Bess
.Harry Houdini died of peritonitis secondary to a ruptured appendix.^ Houdini died of peritonitis resulting from appendicitis in Detroit, Michigan, at Grace Hospital in room 401 at 1:26 P.M. on October 31, 1926, Halloween.

^ Houdini died in a Detroit hospital on October 31 of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix, though whether the blow was the cause of the rupture remains in doubt.

^ The doctors state that the punches were the direct cause of Houdini's appendicitis which progressed to the point of rupture which resulted in fatal complications of streptococcus peritonitis.
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.It has been speculated that Houdini was killed accidentally by a McGill University student, J. Gordon Whitehead, who delivered multiple blows to Houdini's abdomen (with permission) while he was in Montreal, in order to test Houdini's claim that he was able to take a blow to the body above the waist without injury.^ While performing in Montreal in October 1926 Houdini was unexpectedly struck in the abdomen by a college student testing his claim to be able to withstand any blow.

^ She spread the word that she was waiting for a secret message from her husband and word spread far and wide that Bess had offered $10,000 to any medium who could deliver a true message from Houdini.
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^ One of the young men was drawing a portrait of Houdini when a third student, J. Gordon Whitehead, came in and began talking to the magician.
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The eyewitnesses were students named Jacques Price and Sam Smilovitz (sometimes called Jack Price and Sam Smiley). Their accounts generally agreed. The following is Price's description of events:
.Houdini was reclining on his couch after his performance, having an art student sketch him.^ While performing in Montreal in October 1926 Houdini was unexpectedly struck in the abdomen by a college student testing his claim to be able to withstand any blow.

.When Whitehead came in and asked if it was true that Houdini could take any blow to the stomach, Houdini replied groggily in the affirmative.^ He wasnt paying close attention when Whitehead asked if it was true that Houdini could withstand powerful blows to the stomach.
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^ Dont ask questions, Joe, Houdini replied, just turn around and go back.
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^ She spread the word that she was waiting for a secret message from her husband and word spread far and wide that Bess had offered $10,000 to any medium who could deliver a true message from Houdini.
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.In this instance, he was hit three times before Houdini could tighten up his stomach muscles to avoid serious injury.^ Some have suggested that Houdini came up with the idea of the death pact because he was already receiving some foreboding of his death (which was just three years away) but this is not the case.
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^ He wasnt paying close attention when Whitehead asked if it was true that Houdini could withstand powerful blows to the stomach.
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^ This could have caused the actual rupture, but Houdini was probably suffering from appendicitis before the incident.
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.Whitehead reportedly continued hitting Houdini several more times and Houdini acted as though he were in some pain.^ In conclusion, Fletcher repeated Houdini's final words, "He says, 'Tell the whole world that Harry Houdini still lives and will prove it a thousand times and more.'
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^ "Tell the whole world that Harry Houdini still lives and will prove it a thousand times and more.
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^ Though he continued to perform in vaudeville, most of Houdinis offstage hours were spent tracking down and exposing what he called vultures who preyed on the bereaved.
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.Houdini stated that if he had time to prepare himself properly he would have been in a better position to take the blows.^ At a time when spy agencies frequently co-opted amateurs, Houdini went to London and developed a relationship with a man who would run MI-5.
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^ While playing in England the next year, Houdini worked on a new device that would take the place of the padlocked water can --- and lead to even more acclaim.
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^ In November, another message came to Ford, this time from Houdini himself.
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.Houdini had apparently been suffering from appendicitis for several days prior and yet refused medical treatment.^ This could have caused the actual rupture, but Houdini was probably suffering from appendicitis before the incident.
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^ Houdini, the world famous escape artist and magician, died in 1926 at the age of 52 after suffering from complications of appendicitis nine days after four very severe blows to the stomach.
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^ I don't think Houdini was suffering from appendicitis until around October.
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.His appendix would likely have burst on its own without the trauma.^ To this, I would also like to add a few words of my own: .
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[41] .Although in serious pain, Houdini nonetheless continued to travel without seeking medical attention.^ Houdini continued to travel and perform.
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^ Note: In our opinion, although some of the information in this book is hard to believe, it should be read by every serious Houdini Collector.
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^ Not long after Houdinis death, the famous Houdini Sances began and not surprisingly, continue today, although the official sanction of the Houdini estate ended years ago.
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.When Houdini arrived at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan on October 24, 1926, for what would be his last performance, he had a fever of 104°F (40°C).^ The Garrick Theater in Detroit, Houdini's final venue .
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^ Houdini died of peritonitis resulting from appendicitis in Detroit, Michigan, at Grace Hospital in room 401 at 1:26 P.M. on October 31, 1926, Halloween.

^ Houdini died in a Detroit hospital on October 31 of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix, though whether the blow was the cause of the rupture remains in doubt.

Despite a diagnosis of acute appendicitis, Houdini took the stage. He was reported to have passed out during the show, but was revived and continued. .Afterwards, he was hospitalized at Detroit's Grace Hospital.^ Houdini died of peritonitis resulting from appendicitis in Detroit, Michigan, at Grace Hospital in room 401 at 1:26 P.M. on October 31, 1926, Halloween.

[42] .Houdini died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix at 1:26 p.m.^ Houdini died of peritonitis resulting from appendicitis in Detroit, Michigan, at Grace Hospital in room 401 at 1:26 P.M. on October 31, 1926, Halloween.

^ Houdini died in a Detroit hospital on October 31 of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix, though whether the blow was the cause of the rupture remains in doubt.

^ On Wednesday, January 9, 1929, 26 months after Houdini died, Bess signed a brief document, which appears to be on Houdini letterhead, that clearly states the message is accurate: .
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in Room 401 on October 31 (Halloween), 1926, at the age of 52.
.After taking statements from Price and Smilovitz, Houdini's insurance company concluded that the death was due to the dressing-room incident and paid double indemnity.^ There was no cot in the dressing room where Dr. Dretzka could examine the magician, so Houdini stretched out on the floor.
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^ Houdini was helped back to his dressing room and he changed his clothes but still refused to go back to the hospital.
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Funeral

.Houdini's funeral was held on November 4, 1926 in New York, with more than 2,000 mourners in attendance.^ On a brightly lit stage in New York City, Houdini fired a pistol and Jennie the 10,000-pound elephant instantly disappeared.
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^ While playing in England the next year, Houdini worked on a new device that would take the place of the padlocked water can --- and lead to even more acclaim.
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^ He said that on one early morning in October 1926, Houdini called him in New York and asked him to come with his car to West 113th Street, as he was in a hurry and had to move some things.
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[43] .He was interred in the Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, New York, with the crest of the Society of American Magicians inscribed on his gravesite.^ For the whole month of August, Houdini visited his Mother's grave, till he sailed on August 30th from New York City on the Hamburg-American line "Imperator".

^ HOUDINI BRONZE COMMEMORATIVE TOKEN Issued for the Society of American Magicians, by the Franklin Mint, to honor the 100th birthday of Houdini, in 1974.

^ The indignant police refused to confirm his escape, but the news spread rapidly, and soon handsome lithographs appeared showing the American magician outwitting the Russian secret police.
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To this day the Society holds a broken wand ceremony at the grave site in November. .Houdini's widow, Bess, died in February 1943 and expressed a wish to be buried next to him but instead was interred at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester, New York.^ If Franz was in New York when Houdini died, he would have to have been a pallbearer.
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^ On a brightly lit stage in New York City, Houdini fired a pistol and Jennie the 10,000-pound elephant instantly disappeared.
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^ He said that on one early morning in October 1926, Houdini called him in New York and asked him to come with his car to West 113th Street, as he was in a hurry and had to move some things.
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She was not permitted to be interred with him because she was not Jewish.[44]

Proposed exhumation

.On March 22, 2007, his great-nephew (the grandson of Houdini's brother Theo) George Hardeen announced that the courts would be asked to allow exhumation of Houdini's body.^ In March 2007, they were pursuing his exhumation to test his body for poison.
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^ Please forgive me for asking this question.I think the great Houdini was embalmed.
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^ The demand for vaudeville handcuff acts became so great that he brought his brother Theo from New York and sent him on tour as Hardeen.
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.The purpose was to look for evidence that Houdini was poisoned by Spiritualists, as suggested in The Secret Life of Houdini.^ And let's briefly touch upon one scenario put forth in the book, "The Secret Life of Houdini" (2006), by William Kalush and Larry Sloman.
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^ Although their life had not been perfect, it had never been dull and as huge as Houdinis ego had been, he never made it a secret that he depended on her totally.
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^ In the book, "The Secret Life of Houdini", William Kalush and Larry Sloman hypothesize that some spiritualists had motive to kill Houdini and might have had him poisoned.
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[45] .In a statement given to the Houdini Museum in Scranton, the family of Bess Houdini, who had no legal standing in the matter, opposed the application and suggested it was a publicity ploy for the book.^ In a statement given to the Houdini Museum in Scranton, the family opposed the application and suggested it was a publicity ploy for the book.

^ She spread the word that she was waiting for a secret message from her husband and word spread far and wide that Bess had offered $10,000 to any medium who could deliver a true message from Houdini.
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^ There was no way that they could know about the clever method the Houdinis had devised --- where Bess slipped a key to her husband with her tongue in the midst of their kiss!
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[46] .The Washington Post added to the furore by "revealing" that the press conference was not orchestrated by the family of Houdini, but by Secret Life authors William Kulash and Larry Sloman, who hired the PR firm Dan Klores Communications to promote the book.^ In this remarkable book, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend.
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^ The 2006 book The Secret Life of Houdini by Kalush and Sloman has an account of Conan Doyle's involvement with the camp of "Margery" and presents personal letters showing that Conan Doyle and Mina's husband strongly believed that revenging spirits (not persons) would soon kill Houdini for hiding the "truth".

^ And let's briefly touch upon one scenario put forth in the book, "The Secret Life of Houdini" (2006), by William Kalush and Larry Sloman.
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[47] In 2008 it was revealed the parties involved never filed legal papers to perform an exhumation.[48]

Legacy

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  • 1936 - On October 31, 1936, Houdini's widow held the "Final Houdini Séance" atop of the roof of The Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood, California.^ On October 31, 1936, Houdini's widow held the "Final Houdini séance" atop of the roof of The Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood, California.

    ^ In 1936, after a last unsuccessful séance on the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel, she put out the candle that she had kept burning beside a photograph of Houdini since his death, later (1943) saying, "ten years is long enough to wait for any man."

    ^ Houdini died of peritonitis resulting from appendicitis in Detroit, Michigan, at Grace Hospital in room 401 at 1:26 P.M. on October 31, 1926, Halloween.

    .A recording of the séance was made and issued as a record album.
  • 1953 - Houdini, a mostly fictionalized biopic of Houdini's life, was made.^ A recording of the séance was made and issued as a record album.

    ^ Although their life had not been perfect, it had never been dull and as huge as Houdinis ego had been, he never made it a secret that he depended on her totally.
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    .This movie, starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, has contributed, in part, to several misconceptions about Houdini's life.^ His second film, Terror Island , was made soon after and confident that he could write and produce movies, as well as star in them, he formed the Houdini Picture Corporation.
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    ^ Forum/261154/ John...Do me a favor and send me a link for the Life magazine photos with Tony Curtis.
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    ^ There is some wonderful footage of Franz Kukol in the 1907 bridge jump on the Kino Houdini the Movie Star 3 dvd set Special Features.
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    .For example, it portrays the cause of Houdini's death to be the magician's failure to escape from the Chinese Water Torture Cell.^ Houdini introduced the Chinese Water Torture Cell into his act in 1912.
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    ^ Kukol assisted Houdini in his escape from the water cell and other experiments.
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    ^ With this baffling mystery, wrote Sime Silverman, the editor of Variety , Houdini puts his title of escape artist behind him and becomes the Master Magician.
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    .(Curtis's Houdini agrees to seek medical attention "when the tour is over."^ No matter the cause of the appendicitis, if Houdini had received timely medical attention, his appendix could have been removed before it burst and he might have lived.
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    ) .Houdini actually developed the Chinese Torture Cell trick fourteen years before he died and performed it numerous times.
  • 1968 - The Houdini Magical Hall of Fame was opened on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.^ This article mentions a magic trick that Houdini performed in 1918.
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    ^ At a time when spy agencies frequently co-opted amateurs, Houdini went to London and developed a relationship with a man who would run MI-5.
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    ^ Comes with a quality 8x10 (not computer print out) photo of HOUDINI, upside down, inside the Water Torture Cell.

    .At its opening, this museum contained the majority of Houdini's personal collection of magic paraphernalia.^ Volume 5, #11 - June 1989 - Photo of The Outagamie Museum, on the cover, with article about the museum and the hosting of Sidney Radner's Houdini collection.

    .One of Houdini's death wishes was that his entire collection be given to his brother Theodore (also known as the magician Hardeen) and burned upon Theodore's death.^ Young Erich was fascinated by magic and circuses from an early age, and began his career as a magician in 1891 with Jacob Hyman as one of "The Brothers Houdini," a name inspired by the French magician Houdin.

    ^ Harry Houdini is still considered today as one of the greatest illusionists and magicians in history.
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    ^ One of the young men was drawing a portrait of Houdini when a third student, J. Gordon Whitehead, came in and began talking to the magician.
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    .Against his wishes, forty years after Houdini's death, the items were taken from storage and sold.^ Some have suggested that Houdini came up with the idea of the death pact because he was already receiving some foreboding of his death (which was just three years away) but this is not the case.
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    ^ Since his death eighty years ago, Harry Houdini's life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television.
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    ^ Not long after Houdinis death, the famous Houdini Sances began and not surprisingly, continue today, although the official sanction of the Houdini estate ended years ago.
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    Two entrepreneurs purchased the items and renovated a former meat-packing plant on Clifton Hill, Ontario, Canada, to house the museum. The Hall of Fame was moved in 1972 to its final location on the top of Clifton Hill. .Séances were held every year at the museum on October 31, the anniversary of Houdini's death.^ After years of struggling on the dime museum circuit, Harry Houdini got a break that put him on the front page of a Chicago newspaper.
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    ^ Houdini died in a Detroit hospital on October 31 of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix, though whether the blow was the cause of the rupture remains in doubt.

    ^ Some have suggested that Houdini came up with the idea of the death pact because he was already receiving some foreboding of his death (which was just three years away) but this is not the case.
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    .A fire destroyed the museum on April 30, 1995.
  • 1968 - Stuart Damon plays Houdini in a lavishly staged London musical, Man of Magic.
  • 1975 - Canadian magician Doug Henning successfully duplicates Houdini's Chinese Water Torture trick for the first time since its original performance, on an ABC TV special.
  • 1975 - Houdini received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.^ On a brightly lit stage in New York City, Houdini fired a pistol and Jennie the 10,000-pound elephant instantly disappeared.
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    ^ At a time when spy agencies frequently co-opted amateurs, Houdini went to London and developed a relationship with a man who would run MI-5.
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    ^ Houdini, being the great shows-man that he was, took to the stage while suffering from internal injuries.
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    .The star is located on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd.^ Stanic wrote this about Houdini's house in Laurel Canyon: "The northwest corner of Laurel Canyon Blvd and Lookout Mountain Rd was once occupied by a log cabin owned in the 1920s by legendary cowboy star Tom Mix.
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    and .Orange Drive, just across from the Grauman's Chinese Theater and down the street from The Magic Castle.
  • 1975 - Houdini repeatedly appears in E. L. Doctorow's historical novel Ragtime.
  • 1976 - Houdini was played by Paul Michael Glaser, of Starsky and Hutch fame, in a 1976 TV movie called The Great Houdinis! (aka The Great Houdini), which was also highly fictionalized.^ While playing in St. Paul, Minnesota, early in 1899, Houdini was approached by a short, plump, German man after his show.
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    ^ Though he continued to perform in vaudeville, most of Houdinis offstage hours were spent tracking down and exposing what he called vultures who preyed on the bereaved.
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    ^ Houdini had been booked for six weeks at the theater with this illusion but the impact of the stunt prolonged the engagement to 19 weeks, the longest that Houdini had ever played.
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    .The film focused on Houdini's relationship with his wife and mother, who were portrayed as frequently bickering because his wife was a devout Christian and his mother almost fanatical in her Judaism to the point of being anti-Christian (although, in reality, they had cordial relations) and on his fascination with life after death.^ Houdini with his wife and his mother.
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    ^ At a time when spy agencies frequently co-opted amateurs, Houdini went to London and developed a relationship with a man who would run MI-5.
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    ^ He devised a secret code with the one person that he trusted most, his wife Bess, so that if a message should arrive from the beyond, that she would be able to determine that it was really from Houdini.
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    The cast also included Sally Struthers, Vivian Vance, Bill Bixby, and Ruth Gordon. .Peter Cushing appeared as Arthur Conan Doyle; Cushing had previously played Doyle's creation, Sherlock Holmes.^ In doing so, Houdini triggered the wrath of fanatical Spiritualists, led by the esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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    ^ In 1920, during a tour of England, Houdini met Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a spokesperson for Spiritualism.
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    ^ In 1927, Ford went to England on a tour and met Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who publicly gave him glowing praise.
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    Actor/Houdini authority Patrick Culliton played Houdini's assistant Franz Kukol.
  • 1982 - English singer/songwriter Kate Bush includes a song about Houdini on her album The Dreaming.
  • 1985 - The City of Appleton, Wisconsin, constructed the Houdini Plaza on the site of the magician's childhood home.
  • 1985 - Wil Wheaton played Houdini in Young Harry Houdini, a made-for-TV movie that aired on ABC as a "Disney Sunday Movie." The film also featured Jeffrey DeMunn as the adult Houdini. .DeMunn first played Houdini in the film version of Ragtime.[49]
  • 1989 - Canadian synth pop act Kon Kan release "Harry Houdini," the third single from the Move to Move album.
  • 1993 - The film Last Action Hero is released, in which a magical movie ticket, which grants the bearer entry to a film's world, allegedly belonged to Houdini, prior to being passed off to the character by the name of Nick.
  • 1997 - Actor Harvey Keitel plays Houdini and Peter O'Toole Conan Doyle in the film FairyTale: A True Story, set during World War I and portraying the alleged photographing of live fairies by two English schoolgirls.^ You are commenting on: Harry Houdini Live!
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    ^ This Kino DVD set includes all of Houdini s suriving films as an actor, rare footage of actual handcuff and straitjacket escapes, and a wealth of historical information.
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    ^ In doing so, Houdini triggered the wrath of fanatical Spiritualists, led by the esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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    .The two are shown as collegial even though they disagree as to the validity of spiritualism; in reality, Conan Doyle's fervent belief and Houdini's avowed skepticism sparked a bitter feud between the two that was never resolved.^ In doing so, Houdini triggered the wrath of fanatical Spiritualists, led by the esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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    ^ Unfortunately, though, the friendship between the two men was just about to splinter apart.
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    ^ The ad reads : "SPIRITUALISM - A New Book by Houdini (soon on the press) Equally important for the Believer, The Skeptic, and the Open-Minded Seeker after truth.

    Keitel hired Patrick Culliton and Stanley Palm as "Houdini advisors."
  • 1998 - Ragtime, the Broadway musical version of the movie, premiered on January 18, 1998. It featured Houdini as a character and has a song called "Harry Houdini, Master Escapist." The book was written by Terrence McNally, with music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The play ran on Broadway until January 16, 2000, and won four Tony Awards. Both the movie and the play are based on E.L. Doctorow's 1975 novel of the same title.
  • 1998 - Johnathon Schaech played Houdini in the TNT original movie Houdini. .The film co-starred Stacy Edwards as Bess and Mark Ruffalo as his brother, Dash (aka Theo.^ Those I've been able to identify, on the front row are : Edward Saint, Jacob Hyman (the original Brother's Houdini partner of Harry Houdini), Bess Houdini, Mr. Mrs.

    ^ In the darkness, he turned to Bess and his brother, Theo, who he affectionately called "Dash", and spoke quietly to them: "Dash, Im getting tired and I cant fight anymore".
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    ^ (Left to Right) Eddie Saint, Bess Houdini, and Theo "Dash" Weiss in 1936 at the time of the last "Official" Sance.
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    Hardeen). .The TV movie first aired on December 6, 1998.
  • 1999 - Six Flags Great Adventure opens a Mad House ride named "Houdini's Great Escape", with the ride and pre-show based on bringing Houdini's spirit back into the world.
  • 2001 - The Houdini Seance is mounted as a theatrical piece in Chicago by Neil Tobin and becomes an annual Halloween event at Excalibur (nightclub).^ A great early piece of advertising for Houdini and his "Underwater Escape Cabinet".

    ^ A great early piece of advertising for Houdini and his "Underwater Escape".

    ^ As can been seen from the photo above, there are four GREAT photo's of Houdini and his assistant (Julia Sawyer) showing how mediums Materialize Ectoplasm and astral flesh.

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  • .
  • 2002 - The United States Postal Service issued a postage stamp with a replica of Houdini's favorite publicity poster on July 3, 2002.[51]
  • There is a Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania.^ None other than the Wonderful photo used as the image for the 37cent Houdini stamp, issued in July 2002.

    ^ In 2002, a long with David Copperfield, Marie introduced the popular HOUDINI POSTAGE STAMP, in New York, on the date the stamp was released to the public.

    ^ Printed in Houdini's hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin, July 29, 2002.

    .It is the only building in the world entirely dedicated to Houdini and is run by magicians Dick Brooks and Dorothy Dietrich.^ While this was being done, Houdini was building the drama by grimly reminding the audience that a man could only live for a short time without life sustaining air.
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    .The museum also holds an annual Houdini séance.
  • While touring in the United States, Houdini met Joe Keaton and his family vaudeville act.^ They had little success until Martin Beck, a major figure in vaudeville spotted the act and offered Houdini a place on his Orpheum circuit in 1897.

    ^ The demand for vaudeville handcuff acts became so great that he brought his brother Theo from New York and sent him on tour as Hardeen.
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    ^ The code was one that the Houdinis had used during the mind-reading act they perfected in their early days touring with the circus.
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    .It's said that after Joe's young son fell down a flight of stairs unscathed, Houdini remarked, "Your kid is quite the buster" (buster being a stage name for a fall) and gave a name to comedy legend Buster Keaton (the kid).
  • 2007 - A movie, Death Defying Acts, starring Guy Pearce and Catherine Zeta Jones was made which is based on Houdini's life.
  • 2008 - Escape artist Curtis Lovell II dedicated his buried alive stunt to Harry Houdini.^ Stage magician and escape artist .
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    ^ The "Buried Alive" poster was to publicize this stunt.
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    ^ Harry Houdini, the world famous escape artist, escaped death itself.
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    .It took Lovell 16 minutes to escape and over 2000 people came to witness this Houdini style stunt in the city of Grand Terrace California.^ Houdini began employing a variety of new and strange stunts in his act and devised incredible escapes that had never been attempted before.
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    ^ And more mysteries came about in the days following his death as reports from clairvoyants who claimed to have predicted Houdinis death, and to have witnessed signs and omens of it began, coming in.
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    CBS, KCAL9 and local newspapers covered the event.
  • 2008 - Australian rock band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds releases their album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! based on Houdini's attempt to discredit spiritualists.
  • 2008 - Houdini's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is restored and rededicated in a ceremony attended by Neil Patrick Harris, Penn & Teller, Aron Houdini,Tippi Hedren, Milt Larsen, and other notables from the world of magic and movies.
  • 2009 - Ragtime is revived on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. .Houdini, played by Jonathan Hammond, wore costumes designed by the legendary Santo Loquasto (Woody Allen's designer of choice).
  • 2009 - Summit Entertainment purchased the film rights to The Secret Life of Houdini and announced plans to produce a series of films featuring Houdini as an action hero in the vein of Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes.^ All Tags » Harry Houdini ( RSS ) Movies news Harry Houdini film in the works Posted: June 03, 2009, 4:15 PM by Mark Medley Movies , news , Harry Houdini A new film based on the life of renowned magician and escape artist Harry Houdini is in the works .

    ^ His second film, Terror Island , was made soon after and confident that he could write and produce movies, as well as star in them, he formed the Houdini Picture Corporation.
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    ^ Houdini would play Quentin Locke, an undercover agent for the Justice Department, who used his expertise as an escape artist to thwart the efforts of the villain of the serial.
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  • 2009 - The Perth Mint releases a limited supply of dollar coins commemorating Houdini’s first flight in Australia on March 18, 1910.[53]
  • 2009 - Assassin's Creed II used "Houdini's Chinese Water Torture Cell" picture in a puzzle where you had to find the Apple, a piece of Eden.

Publications

Houdini published numerous books during his career (some of which were written by his good friend Walter Brown Gibson, the creator of The Shadow):[54]
  • The Right Way to Do Wrong (1906)
  • Handcuff Secrets (1907)
  • The Unmasking of Robert Houdin (1908)
  • Magical Rope Ties and Escapes (1920)
  • Miracle Mongers and their Methods (1920)
  • Houdini's Paper Magic (1921)
  • A Magician Among the Spirits (1924)
  • Under the Pyramids (1924) with H. P. Lovecraft.

Films

Films starring Houdini:
  • Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini à Paris - Cinema Lux (1909) - playing self.
  • The Master Mystery - Octagon Films (1918) - playing Quentin Locke.
  • The Grim Game - Famous Players Lasky/Paramount (1919) - playing Harvey Handford.
  • Terror Island - Famous Players Lasky/Paramount (1920) - playing Harry Harper.
  • The Man From Beyond - Houdini Picture Corporation (1922) - playing Howard Hillary.
  • Haldane of the Secret Service - Houdini Picture Corporation/FBO (1922) - playing Heath Haldane.
Biographical films:

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b The Houdini Birth Research Committee's Report Reproduction of Houdini's birth certificate on page 4 shows he was born in Wisconsin. Also see Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Ken Silverman, page 8.
  2. ^ Houdini as a Young Man.
  3. ^ "Hardeen Dead, 69. Houdini's Brother. Illusionist, Escape Artist, a Founder of Magician's Guild. Gave Last Show May 29.". New York Times. June 13, 1945, Wednesday. "Theodore Hardeen, a brother of the late Harry Houdini, illusionist and a prominent magician in his own right, died yesterday in the Doctors Hospital. His age was 69." 
  4. ^ US National Archives Microfilm serial: M237; Microfilm roll: 413; Line: 38; List number: 684.
  5. ^ "Larger Images". Archives.gov. http://www.archives.gov/southeast/exhibit/popups.php?p=4.1.5. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  6. ^ 1880 US Census with Samuel M. Weiss, Cecelia (wife), Armin M., Nathan J., Ehrich, Theodore, and Leopold.
  7. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, 1996, page 81.
  8. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, 1996, p. 109.
  9. ^ http://www.dontdothingsbyhalf.com/Content.aspx
  10. ^ The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman, 2006.
  11. ^ Houdini's Mirror Handcuff Challenge, Getting Closer to the Truth by Mick Hanzlik, 2007, reproduction in full of Daily Mirror article "Houdini's Great Victory" March 18, 1904.
  12. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, 1996, pp. 59–62.
  13. ^ Houdini: His Life and Art by James Randi and Bert Sugar, 1976, pp. 175–178.
  14. ^ Houdini: His Life and Art by James Randi and Bert Sugar, 1976, Milk Can poster on page 177.
  15. ^ Houdini A Pictorial Life by Milbourne Christopher, 1976, p. 54.
  16. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, 1997, pp. 162–165.
  17. ^ Houdini His Legend and His Magic by Doug Henning, 1977, p. 160.
  18. ^ Houdini: The Untold Story by Milbourne Christopher, 1969, p. 140.
  19. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, 1997, pp. 397–403.
  20. ^ "Uncovering Houdini’s second underwater test". http://www.houdini-lives.com/Houdini_Lives/NEWS/Entries/2010/1/26_Uncovering_Houdinis_second_underwater_test.html. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  21. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, 1997, p. 406.
  22. ^ "Houdini Defeats Hackenschmidt and other revelations from Disappearing Tricks". http://www.houdini-lives.com/Houdini_Lives/NEWS/Entries/2010/1/31_Houdini_Defeats_Hackenschmidt_and_other_revelations_from_Disappearing_Tricks.html. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  23. ^ Disappearing Tricks by Matthew Solomon, 2010, p. 95.
  24. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, 1996, p. 205.
  25. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, 1996, pp. 226–249.
  26. ^ "Haldane wows at LA screening". http://web.mac.com/zencato/Houdini_Lives/NEWS/Entries/2007/1/12_Haldane_wows_at_LA_screening.html. Retrieved January 12, 2007. 
  27. ^ "Houdini’s silent movies coming to DVD". http://www.houdini-lives.com/Houdini_Lives/NEWS/Entries/2008/1/18_Houdini_silent_movies_coming_to_DVD.html. Retrieved January 18, 2008. 
  28. ^ Australian National Aviation Museum - Early Australian Aviation at www.aarg.com.au.
  29. ^ Australian Aviation Pioneers, 1850-2000 at www.ctie.monash.edu.au
  30. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, 1996, pp. 137–154.
  31. ^ "Diggers Rest gears up for Houdini celebrations". http://www.houdini-lives.com/Houdini_Lives/NEWS/Entries/2009/12/12_Diggers_Rest_gears_up_for_Houdini_celebrations.html. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  32. ^ Notes to Houdini and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, Library of Congress. Retrieved October 3, 2007.
  33. ^ Houdini Facts from the History Museum at the Castle.
  34. ^ Houdini's Halloween from WGN-TV and Red Eye, October 28, 2005
  35. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, 1996, p. 31.
  36. ^ Houdini Up To Old Tricks Through Magic of Edison, Los Angeles Times, July 4, 1970.
  37. ^ "In Sadness, Prime Houdini Artifact Collector Puts Items on Auction Block". New York Times. October 29, 2004. "... Mr. Radner, aka Rendar the Magician, owns one of the world's biggest and most valuable collections of Harry Houdini artifacts, including the Chinese Water Torture Cell, one of Houdini's signature props from 1912 until his death in 1926. Most of the items were given to Mr. Radner in the 1940s by Houdini's brother, another escape artist who went by the stage name Hardeen. Hardeen considered Mr. Radner, then a student at Yale with a reputation for jumping from diving boards in handcuffs, as his protégé. Until early this year, the collection was on display at the Outagamie Museum in Appleton, Wisconsin, where Houdini's father was the town rabbi in the 1870s. But after a rancorous falling out between Mr. Radner and museum officials, the 1,000-piece collection was packed up and shipped here, where it will be auctioned on Saturday in the windowless back room at the Liberace Museum and on eBay. ..." 
  38. ^ "The Mystery of the Two Torture Cells". Houdini Lives!. http://web.mac.com/zencato/iWeb/Houdini_Lives/NEWS/19A4B856-4024-450B-80F9-B8721F851DCB.html. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  39. ^ houdini auction.
  40. ^ a b The Man Who Killed Houdini by Don Bell, Vehicule Press, 2004.
  41. ^ Benoit, Tod (May 2003). Where Are They Buried? How Did They Die?. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. p. 469. ISBN 1-57912-287-6. 
  42. ^ Houdini laid on his death bed for eight days after being given just seven hours to live with a ruptured appendix and a 105 degree fever.Urban Legends Reference Pages: Death of Houdini.
  43. ^ Final Escape for the Master of Illusion? Houdini's Family Press for Exhumation.
  44. ^ Bess Houdini dies in 1943.
  45. ^ "Grandnephew seeks to 'set record straight' about Houdini's death". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2007/03/23/houdini-exhume.html. Retrieved March 23, 2007. 
  46. ^ "Family Statement re: exhumation". http://houdini.org/HoudiniFamilyLetter.html. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  47. ^ "Why Not Just Hold a Seance?". http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/23/AR2007032301850.html. Retrieved March 24, 2007. 
  48. ^ "So when do we start digging?". http://www.houdini-lives.com/Houdini_Lives/NEWS/Entries/2008/3/16_So_when_do_we_start_digging.html. Retrieved March 16, 2008. 
  49. ^ The Great Escape: Hollywood's Struggle to Bring Houdini Back to Life by John Cox, MAGIC Magazine, October 2006.
  50. ^ HOUDINI'S HALLOWEEN | Morning News | WGNTV.com | WGN TV | Chicago's CW.
  51. ^ USPS Press Release (October 31, 2001) Harry Houdini Returns To World Stage, usps.com.
  52. ^ "Summit set to turn Houdini into action hero". Houdini Lives. http://www.houdini-lives.com/Houdini_Lives/NEWS/Entries/2009/3/27_Summit_set_to_turn_Houdini_into_action_hero.html. Retrieved March 27, 2009. 
  53. ^ "Australia mints coin commemorating Houdini’s first flight". Houdini Lives. http://www.houdini-lives.com/Houdini_Lives/NEWS/Entries/2009/11/5_Australia_mints_coin_commemorating_Houdini_first_flight.html. Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  54. ^ James Randi's Swift - July 14, 2006 at www.randi.org.

Biographies

  • Brandon, Ruth. .The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini (Seeker & Warburg, Ltd.^ Like her husband had been at the death of his mother, Bess was at a loss as to what to do with her life with Houdini gone.

    GB, 1993) ISBN 081297042X; ISBN 978-0812970425 (USA edition): ISBN 0-679-42437-7 ISBN 978-0-679-42437-6.
  • Christopher, Milbourne. .Houdini: The Untold Story (Thomas Y. Crowell Co, 1969).^ I read in a Houdini biography, possibly The Untold Story by Christopher that Kukol was called to service by Austria to fight in WWI. After that, he doesn't appear again.
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    ^ His widow Pauline Rey Vickery loaned some family treasures to Milbourne Christopher when he was writing Houdini, the Untold Story and was still expecting them to be returned when she died.
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    ISBN 0891909818; ISBN 978-0891909811; ISBN 069040431X; ISBN 978-0690404319.
  • Fleischman, Sid. Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini, (Greenwillow Books, 2006). .ISBN 9780060850944.
  • Gresham, William Lindsay Houdini: The Man Who Walked Through Walls (Henry Holt & Co, NY, 1959).
  • Henning, Doug with Charles Reynolds.^ Houdini was delighted to learn that there was at least one intelligent person who believed in Spiritualism and found that man in his friend Conan Doyle.
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    ^ Abimiek abolition Abraham, Harvey R. 1895 Abraham, Henry William 1866 - 1920 Abrahamson, Shirley S. 1933 Adams County Adams County [origin of place name] Adams, Adams Co.

    ^ "Houdini, the Man Who Mystified the World" p.
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    .Houdini: His Legend and His Magic (Times Books, NY, 1978).^ The medicine show tour ended and Houdini still found it difficult to book his magic and escape act.
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    ^ Criss Angel pays tribute to Harry Houdini on the birthday of the legend of magic.
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    ISBN 0446873284; ISBN 978-0446873284.
  • Kalush, William and Larry Sloman. .The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, 2006 ISBN 0743272072.
  • Kellock, Harold.^ Although their life had not been perfect, it had never been dull and as huge as Houdinis ego had been, he never made it a secret that he depended on her totally.
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    ^ Houdini's First attempt in making Silent Motion Pictures was in the form of a 15 Part Serial titled: .

    Houdini: His Life-Story from the recollections and documents of Beatrice Houdini, (Harcourt, Brace Co., June, 1928).
  • Kendall, Lance. .Houdini: Master of Escape (Macrae Smith & Co., NY, 1960).^ With this baffling mystery, wrote Sime Silverman, the editor of Variety , Houdini puts his title of escape artist behind him and becomes the Master Magician.
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    ISBN 006092862X.
  • Meyer, M.D., Bernard C.Houdini: A Mind in Chains (E.P. Dutton & Co. NY, 1976). ISBN 0841504482.
  • Randi, James & Bert Randolph Sugar. .Houdini: His Life and Art (Grosset & Dunlap, NY, 1977).ISBN 9780448125466; ISBN 0448125463.
  • Silverman, Kenneth.^ Marie wrote a portion of Pulitzer-Prize winning author Kenneth Silverman's biography on Houdini.

    Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss 1996 ISBN 006092862X.
  • Williams, Beryl & Samuel Epstein. The Great Houdini: Magician Extraordinary (Julian Messner, Inc., NY, 1950).

Further reading

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  • Houdini's Escapes and Magic by Walter B. Gibson, Prepared from Houdini’s private notebooks Blue Ribbon Books, Inc., 1930. Reveals some of Houdini's magic and escape methods (also released in two separate volumes: Houdini's Magic and Houdini's Escapes).
  • The Secrets of Houdini by J.C. Cannell, Hutchinson & Co., London, 1931. Reveals some of Houdini's escape methods.
  • Houdini and Conan Doyle: The Story of a Strange Friendship by Bernard M. L. Ernst, Albert & Charles Boni, Inc., NY, 1932.
  • Sixty Years of Psychical Research by Joseph F. Rinn, Truth Seeker Co., 1950, Rinn was a long time close friend of Houdini.^ In 1893 Houdini married Wilhelmina (Bess) Rahner and together the two undertook a music hall career with an escape act.

    ^ Some have suggested that Houdini came up with the idea of the death pact because he was already receiving some foreboding of his death (which was just three years away) but this is not the case.
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    ^ Houdini returned home to the United States the following summer because he wanted to spend some time with his mother.
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    .Contains detailed information about the last Houdini message (there are 3) and its disclosure.
  • Houdini's Fabulous Magic by Walter B. Gibson and Morris N. Young Chilton, NY, 1960. Excellent reference for Houdini’s escapes and some methods (includes the Water Torture Cell).
  • The Houdini Birth Research Committee’s Report, Magico Magazine (reprint of report by The Society of American Magicians), 1972. Concludes Houdini was born March 24, 1874 in Budapest.
  • Mediums, Mystics and the Occult by Milbourne Christopher, Thomas T. Crowell Co., 1975, pp. 122–145, Arthur Ford-Messages from the Dead, contains detailed information about the Houdini messages and their disclosure.
  • Arthur Ford: The Man Who Talked with the Dead by Allen Spraggett with William V. Rauscher, 1973, pp. 152–165, Chapter 7, The Houdini Affair contains detailed information about the Houdini messages and their disclosure.
  • Houdini: Escape into Legend, The Early Years: 1862–1900 by Manny Weltman, Finders/Seekers Enterprises, Los Angeles, 1993. Examination of Houdini’s childhood and early career.
  • Houdini Comes To America by Ronald J. Hilgert, The Houdini Historical Center, 1996. Documents the Weiss family’s immigration to the United States on July 3, 1878 (when Ehrich was 4).
  • Houdini Unlocked by Patrick Culliton, Two volume box set: The Tao of Houdini and The Secret Confessions of Houdini, Kieran Press, 1997.
  • The Houdini Code Mystery: A Spirit Secret Solved by William V. Rauscher, Magic Words, 2000.
  • Final Séance.^ Arthur Ford -- the man who claimed to break the Houdini Code.
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    ^ From the other side, Walter chimed in his final words about Houdini.
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    ^ Houdini was born in Budapest, Hungary on March 24, 1874 but grew up as Erich Weiss in the small Wisconsin town of Appleton.
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    The Strange Friendship Between Houdini and Conan Doyle
    by Massimo Polidoro, Prometheus Books, 2001.
  • The Man Who Killed Houdini by Don Bell, Vehicle Press, 2004. Investigates J. Gordon Whitehead and the events surrounding Houdini's death.
  • Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Solomon, University of Illinois Press, 2010. Contains new information about Houdini's early movie career.

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place some one is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death.
BELIEVE
Houdini in a scene from The Man From Beyond (1922)
Harry Houdini (24 March 187431 October 1926) was a Hungarian-born American stage magician, escapologist, stunt performer, actor, film producer and investigator of spiritualist claims; born Erik Weisz he used the name Ehrich Weiss until legally changing his name to "Harry Houdini" in 1913.

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  • Disloyalty in trusted servants is one of the most disheartening things that can happen to a public performer. But it must not be thought that I say this out of personal experience: for in the many years that I have been before the public my secret methods have been steadily shielded by the strict integrity of my assistants, most of whom have been with me for years.^ Many from my Personal Collection.

    ^ Houdini is one of the most famous magicians, escapologists, and stunt performers of all time as well as an investigator of spiritualists.
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    ^ MOST Houdini movies are all stuck in time in the 1920's, this one set about 1 year before his death in 1925, on his tour of Scotland, where Houdini (Guy Pearce) meets up with the lovely Catherine Zeta-Jones, check out the trailer below.

    .Only one man ever betrayed my confidence, and that only in a minor matter.^ Only one man, the artisan who made his magic apparatus, knows the working secrets of Houdini’s most mystifying stunts.
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    ^ Magic Tricks Welcome to my magic lens , This is one of the oldest type of entertainment man h...
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    ^ "My dear sir," cried Sir Charles, and the expression in his eyes grew almost wild, "no one in Wilson's house knew anything about the matter!"
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    .But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistant to secrecy, honor and allegiance under a notarial oath.^ Then he became a full time professional magician and performs only under the name FL!P (spelled with an exclamation point!
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    ^ Only those who have lost their loved ones can know the fervor with which such investigations can be pursued.
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    ^ All who are well acquainted with Mr. Harry Houdini and his stage work know how ably he is served in the matter of assistants.
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  • Rosabelle — answer — tell — pray, answer — look — tell — answer, answer — tell.^ Rosabella, BELIEVE Based on the secret "code" Houdini left for his wife: "Rosabella, answer, tell, pray, answer, look, tell, answer, answer, tell"...which translates, based on an old Vaudevillian mindreading act to; " Believe".

    ^ MIRACLE MONGERs and THEIR METHODs by Harry Houdini.

    ^ YOURS FREE when you order " Houdini's Miracle Mongers & Their Methods " You are reading this, aren't you?

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    • The secret message devised with his wife to test spiritualist séances should he or she die.^ He devised a secret code with the one person that he trusted most, his wife Bess, so that if a message should arrive from the beyond, that she would be able to determine that it was really from Houdini.
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      ^ It is well known that Houdini and his wife, Bess, had devised a secret code to communicate if either of them should die.
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      .In their secret stage-code it spells out the word: "BELIEVE". Quoted in Death and the Magician : The Mystery of Houdini (1981) by Raymund Fitzsimons, p.^ The rest of the message was a series of code words which spelled out the word "believe"...

      ^ Want to know the secret code word?
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      ^ The rest of the message was a series of code words that spelled out the word "believe".
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  • I'm tired of fighting, Dash.^ Im tired of fighting, Dash, he murmured, then turned away.

    ^ In the darkness, he turned to Bess and his brother, Theo, who he affectionately called "Dash", and spoke quietly to them: "Dash, Im getting tired and I cant fight anymore".
    • HARRY HOUDINI! MASTER MAGICIAN & PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR 14 January 2010 22:59 UTC www.prairieghosts.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "Im tired of fighting, Dash" he said and slipped from this world into the next.

    I guess this thing is going to get me. .
    • Last words, to his brother Theo, in Grace Hospital of Detroit, Michigan (30 October 1926), quoted in Houdini, The Man Who Walked Through Walls (1959) by William Lindsay Gresham, p.^ For a time he worked with his brother Theo as The Houdini Brothers.
      • Harry Houdini - Biography 14 January 2010 22:59 UTC www.apl.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ After the show, Houdini was rushed to Grace Hospital, Detroit.

      ^ His last performance was on October 24, 1926.
      • Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Harry Houdini Died on Halloween 14 January 2010 22:59 UTC blog.eogn.com [Source type: General]

      .286, and in Final Séance : The Strange Friendship between Houdini and Conan Doyle (2001) by Massimo Polidoro, p.^ Click Here to read an account of the friendship between Doyle and Houdini!
      • HARRY HOUDINI! MASTER MAGICIAN & PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR 14 January 2010 22:59 UTC www.prairieghosts.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
      • HOUDINI! A Magician Among the Spirits by Troy Taylor 6 February 2010 11:34 UTC www.hauntedamericatours.com [Source type: General]

      ^ These activities cost Houdini the friendship of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.
      • Harry Houdini disambiguation Article by Comedy Magician Amazing Jeffo, The Blind Magician! 14 January 2010 22:59 UTC www.amazingjeffo.com [Source type: General]
      • Harry Houdini "The Greatest Paranormal Whistleblower" 14 January 2010 22:59 UTC www.hauntedamericatours.com [Source type: General]

      ^ His friendship with Arthur Conan Doyle was heavily encumbered when Doyle started to believe that Houdini escaped using esoteric powers and didn't believe Houdini's explanations.
      • Level of the Month: August '07 14 January 2010 22:59 UTC enigma.nongnu.org [Source type: General]
      • Level of the Month: August '07 14 January 2010 22:59 UTC www.nongnu.org [Source type: General]

      .204
  • I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place some one is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death. That's what attracts us to the man who paints the flagstaff on the tall building, or to the 'human fly' who scales the walls of the same building.^ Failure means a drowing death.

    ^ Mr Lynx also taught us about dignified deaths.  Morris and Sammy were the first ones we heard tell us it was time to let them go.
    • Houdini August 2009 Ferret of the Month 6 February 2010 11:34 UTC forum.ferret.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He found his way out of chains, shackles, and straight jackets, including underwater while holding his breath and hanging upside-down from a tall building.
    • Ghost Of Houdini | Mighty Optical Illusions 6 February 2010 11:34 UTC www.moillusions.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
    • As quoted in The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini‎ (1993) by Ruth Brandon, p.^ The Death of Harry Houdini Oct.
      • Exposing 'The Secret Life of Houdini' : NPR 6 February 2010 11:34 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

      ^ Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh star in this film biography of the great magician Harry Houdini (Curtis), spanning the years from age 21 to his death.

      ^ The Spirited life and Death of Houdini & his Castle in the Hollywood Hills .

      153

Quotes about Houdini

  • He had the essential masculine quality of courage to a supreme degree. .Nobody has ever done and nobody in all human probability will ever do such reckless feats of daring.^ Nobody», he reckoned, «has ever done, and nobody in all human probability will ever do, such reckless feats of daring».
    • Houdini and Conan Doyle: The Story of a Strange Friendship 14 January 2010 22:59 UTC www.cicap.org [Source type: Original source]

    His whole life was one long succession of them. .
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in The Strand Magazine (August 1927) Vol.^ "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
      • Harry Squires What Rough Beast Chapter 14 January 2010 22:59 UTC www.harrysquires.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ At these events Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an occasional guest.

      ^ Dudley Edwards, O (1983), The Quest for Sherlock Holmes: A Biographical Study of Arthur Conan Doyle , Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing.

      74, p. 134

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Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926) was a magician and escapologist. He also investigated fake spiritualists and was a skeptic.

He was born Ehrich Weiss but changed his name when he became a professional magician. At first he had little success in his career. In 1899 his luck changed when he met his manager Martin Beck. He was impressed with Houdini's handcuff trick and within a year he was famous, playing big vaudeville shows and touring Europe.

He was a big star in Europe, and they called him The Handcuff King. After being strip-searched, he still escaped from the worst of tangles. He would free himself from jails, handcuffs, chains, ropes, and straitjackets, often while hanging from a rope in plain sight of street audiences. In 1912, Houdini introduced his most famous act, the Chinese Water Torture Cell, in which he was suspended upside-down in a locked glass-and-steel cabinet overflowing with water. He had to hold his breath for more than three minutes. Houdini performed the escape for the rest of his career. He once made an elephant disappear, and offered a cash prize to any spiritualist or medium who could prove their supernatural abilities. None could. This called him to fall out with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He had a cousin named Walter Platner who had one daughter Mourine Platner who had a daughter named Sonya who married David Rhiver and had three kids jacob O'Grady Rhiver, Grant Benjamin Rhiver, and Samantha Jane Rhiver

Houdini also appeared in several early films and made many early ascents in aeroplanes.

He died in 1926 from peritonitis after his appendix was ruptured. He was suffering from appendicitis but refused to see a doctor. A student, J. Gordon Whitehead, came to see him and asked if it was true that Houdini could stand being punched in the stomach many times. Houdini said he could, but before he could prepare his stomach the student began to hit him. He later travelled to perform a show- during the show, his appendix burst and Houdini died. Some claim that the appendix would have burst anyway as Houdini refused to see a doctor. He was buried on the 4th November 1926 with over 2000 mourners.


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