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Houdini, Harry

Born: 1874 AD
Died: 1926 AD
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Magician

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.