Harry Houdini Biography

Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from andhold his breath inside a sealed milk can.

In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror, keeping them in suspense for an hour. Another stunt saw him buried alive and only just able to claw himself to the surface, emerging in a state of near-breakdown. While many suspected that these escapes were faked, Houdini presented himself as the scourge of fake spiritualists. As President of the Society of American Magicians, he was keen to uphold professional standards and expose fraudulent artists. He was also quick to sue anyone who pirated his escape stunts.

Houdini made several movies, but quit acting when it failed to bring in money. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Harry Houdini
Full Name:
Erik Weisz
Nationality:
Hungary
Profession:
Pilot, Stunt Performer, Historian, Actor, Magician, Escapology, Film Producer
Ethnicity:
Jewish people, Hungarians
Religion:
Judaism
Date of Birth:
March 24, 1874
Astrological Sign:
Aries
Date of Death:
October 31, 1926
Age at Death:
52
Cause of Death:
Peritonitis, Appendicitis
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