Harry Houdini

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini

Full Name: Erik Weisz
Profession: Magician & Escape Artist

United States of America

Why Famous: Although born in Europe, Houdini emigrated to America with his family aged 2 years. As a magician Houdini started out by performing card tricks before moving on to escape acts. He began first to escape from handcuffs, challenging local police to cuff him first. He moved on to an act escaping from a locked water filled milk can, straitjackets and then most famously a Chinese water torture cell where Houdini had to hold his breath for 3 minutes. He became the most famous vaudeville act in America, often filming his escapes. He died in 1926 of peritonitis and a ruptured appendix.

Born: March 24, 1874
Birthplace: Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Star Sign: Aries

Died: October 31, 1926 (aged 52)
Cause of Death: Peritonitis through ruptured appendix

Married Life

Events in the Life of Harry Houdini

  • 1903-01-12 Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam
  • 1903-01-21 Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam
  • 1907-08-26 Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds
  • 1923-06-12 Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet (12 m) above ground in NYC
  • 1926-08-05 Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping
  • 1926-10-22 J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal
  • 1926-10-24 Harry Houdini's last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan

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