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Houdini, Harry (orig. Ehrich Weiss)

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Born: 1874 AD
Died: 1926 AD, at 52 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Magician

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1874 – He was born in Budapest, Hungary.

 

1878 – He immigrated with his family to the United States.

 

1894 – He became a professional magician, and began calling himself “Harry Houdini.

 

1899 – He soon began experimenting with escape acts. Harry Houdini’s “big break” came this year.

 

1900 – He traveled to Europe to perform.

 

1901 – He made his first movie for Pathé this year.

 

1904 – He returned to the U.S. and purchased a house for $25,000.

 

1907 – He performed with great success in the United States until 1910.

 

1908 – He put his “handcuff act” behind him and began escaping from a locked, water-filled milk can.

 

1913 – He 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.

 

1910 – He toured Australia.

 

1918 – He signed a contract with film producer B.A. Rolfe to star in a fifteen part serial The Master Mystery.

 

1923 – He became president of Martinka & Co., America’s oldest magic company.

 

1926 – He died this year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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