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  SPECTRUM Biographies - Harry Houdini
Houdini was constantly improving his act and incorporating new tricks.
Houdini was soon escaping from numerous devices, including leg irons, coffins, straitjackets, and prison cells.
Houdini's act generated the interest of Martin Beck who ran the Orpheum circuit, the largest chain of vaudeville theaters in the country.
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  Harry Houdini - Biography
Houdini was very close to his mother, and her death in 1913 was the greatest tragedy of his life.
Houdini admitted that it was true and, despite his weakened state due to his injury and lack of sleep, gave the student permission to test him.
Houdini began to rise from the couch where he was seated, but before he had time to tighten his abdomen muscles, the student punched him three times in the stomach.
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  Harry Houdini - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was one of the most famous magicians, escapologists, and stunt performers of all time, as well as an investigator of spiritualists.
Houdini was born Ehrich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary.
Houdini died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix at 1:26 p.m.
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 Harry Houdini - MSN Encarta
Houdini began his career in 1882 as a trapeze performer.
Houdini appeared on the surface of the water in 59 seconds.
Houdini attributed all his feats of magic to natural, physical effects and explained how many of his tricks were performed.
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But more importantly to Houdini, Dexter was a master of the rope-tie routine, a popular hype of the times often used to entice people to the "inside" for just the cost of "one thin dime, a tenth of a dollar".
Houdini had favored the rope-tie routine ever since he had first heard of it being performed by one of the world's leading magicians of the day, Harry Kellar.
Harry managed to get a letter of recommendation, dated February 4th, 1895, from Tony Pastor himself which said: "The Houdinis' act as performed here, I found satisfactory and interesting." That letter was enough to get them another engagement back at Huber's Museum.
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 Harry Houdini
Houdini, who was writing a letter at the time and really not paying attention to the student, said "Yes." The young man began punching Houdini in the stomach.
One of the tricks Houdini was famous for was the escape from a coffin which was suspended in water.
Harry Houdini is buried in the Machpelah Cemetery, I couldn't really tell how big this cemetery was because I didn't have to go far to find Houdini.
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 Harry Houdini
Houdini prided himself on his skill as a card manipulator, but perhaps his most applauded feat was an illusion called "Metamorphosis." It was in England that John Nevil Maskelyne had introduced the basic principle of the effect.
While Houdini did not claim to be the first to escape from restraints, he did boast to be the first and only to accept challenges from all comers, and was eagerly ready to back up his claim.
Harry was able to stay underwater for 1 hour and 31 minutes as opposed to the existing record at that time, 19 minutes, held by the self-styled Egyptian fakir Rahman Bey.
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Harry Houdini was born in Budapest, Hungary, on March 24, 1874.
Houdini's name was Ehrich Weiss until he changed it in the early 1890s as a tribute to the famous French illusionist, Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin.
The portrait on the Harry Houdini stamp, which depicts a confident, self-assured man at the height of his career, was taken from a 1911 lithographed poster in the collection of Gary H. Mandelblatt.
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Houdini never believed in spiritualism, but would often pretend to in order to gain entry to seances, etc. Early on he attempted to do a spiritualist act when he was down and out, but found it so distasteful that he stopped and would forever expose those who made such claims.
Houdini was so obsessed that no matter what got in his way whether it was his parents, or anything that was crowding the view of his goal, he pushed it aside.
Houdini yearned to leave home and join a large circus to practice his magic and escapes, but his family was poor and needed his support more than he ever knew.
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 Amazon.ca: Houdini on Magic: Books: Harry Houdini   (Site not responding. Last check: )
These sections were not written by Houdini himself, in his "voice" describing how he accomplished thus and so escape on a particular day (although there are a couple of examples of that in these pages).
It contains a large amount of Houdini's writings from articles, books, etc. It contains Houdini's famous "Margery the Medium" pamplet where he exposes her false methods, explains in Houdini's words how he escapes from a straitjacket, and also tells about an illusion that Houdini was thinking about performing, but never did.
Houdini was always improving his act and staying ahead of any so called rivals.
www.amazon.ca /Houdini-on-Magic-Harry/dp/0486203840   (749 words)

 Harry Houdini   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Harry Houdini's disappointments in the parlours of the spirit mediums turned to anger at what he saw as their misappropriation and misuse of the ways and means of performance magic to bilk money from the gullible public.
Harry was soon devoting most of his time to a campaign to expose the fraudulent spiritualists.
Harry and his wife, Bess, even agreed upon a code they would use as proof that any such communication really did originate with whichever of them preceeded the other into that unknown territory.
www.mcbridemagic.com /ArcMage/houdini.html   (483 words)

 BookRags: Harry Houdini Biography
Though in some documents Houdini claims to be born April 6, 1874, in Appleton, Wisconsin, this much is known: Erich Weiss, born March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary, was the youngest of three sons of Rabbi Samuel and Cecilia (Steiner) Weiss (the couple also had a daughter, Gladys).
The association--and eventual bitter breakup--of Houdini and Doyle began as far back as 1908, when as a publicity stunt Houdini wrote a letter to "Holmes," asking for help in catching scalawags who were stealing his tricks.
Houdini was much more the skeptic than Doyle, and indeed made something of a second career from debunking fraudulent mystics.
www.bookrags.com /biography/harry-houdini   (1408 words)

 Houdini Collection
Houdini was born Erik Weisz in Budapest, Hungary, on March 24, 1874.
Houdini was never able to expose her as an outright fraud, but he did block her progress.
The Houdini Collection in cyberspace is derived from his legacy of imagination, curiosity and devotion to magic as a performing art.
www.loc.gov /loc/lcib/970224/houdini.html   (1621 words)

 HOUDINI BIOGRAPHY: Harry Houdini Biography & Seance, Magician, Escape Artist, Lock Picker.
The performer known world wide as Harry Houdini was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest and died in Detroin in 1926.
It is clear from copies of birth records and early family records on file at the Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania in the Pocono region, that Houdini was in fact born in Budapest, on March 24, 1874.
Houdini's original family pictures are on display at the Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania in the Pocono region.
www.houdini.org /houdibio.html   (625 words)

 Houdini, Harry - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
HOUDINI, HARRY [Houdini, Harry], 1874-1926, American magician and writer, b.
He performed in silent films and was also noted for his exposure of fraudulent spiritualist mediums and their phenomena (see spiritism).
Official Harry Houdini Seance on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31 At Henry Ford Museum's Anderson Center Theater.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/h/houdini.asp   (360 words)

 Houdini | Harry Houdini | Houdini's Death
Though Houdini officially died of peritonitis, Bess was able to collect double indemnity on his insurance policy, claiming the blow was equivalent to "an accident directly causing the premature demise of Harry Houdini".
Houdini purchased a bronze coffin and had himself locked into it and submerged in a hotel swimming pool for an hour and a half before the coffin was pulled out of the water and opened to reveal a smiling, healthy Houdini.
In fact, Houdini died of acute peritonitis (an infection of the abdominal lining--in this case a streptococcus infection) secondary to inflammation and rupture of the appendix.
www.geocities.com /houdinitribute/death.html   (1644 words)

Houdini is polite to the adults of the family and entertaining to the children.
Houdini carries on in a very normal, everyday manner and seems to be unaffected by the attention he is receiving.
Another reason why Doctorow's use of Harry Houdini as a character in the novel is so informative and important is because it gives the reader a broader sense and knowledge of the time period in which the story takes place.
newmedia.cgu.edu /bower/ragtime/houdini.htm   (923 words)

 NPR : The Life and Death of Harry Houdini
Some say Houdini's premature death was caused in part by his reputation for bravado and superhuman strength.
Houdini had himself manacled and thrown into rivers, bobbing to the surface unchained within minutes.
By the time of his death, Houdini was known around the world for his stunts on the stage and off, a master of cunning and endurance.
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 Harry Houdini Biography | MagicTricks.Com: Magic, Magicians and Magic History
Whether Houdini was genuinely outraged at the victimization of the bereaved, or whether he simply saw an opportunity to capitalize on public interest, Houdini spent the last 13 years of his life in a highly publicized battle with the spiritualists.
Houdini was understandably protective of his position as the World's Most Famous Magician, and he often went to great lengths to distance himself from the other magicians of his day.
Houdini purchased a bronze coffin and had himself locked into it and submerged in a hotel swimming pool for an hour and a half before the coffin was pulled out of the water and opened to reveal a smiling, healthy Houdini.
www.magictricks.com /houdini/bio.htm   (2201 words)

 The American Experience | Houdini | People & Events | Harry Houdini
Though barely twenty-five, in 1898 Houdini was so tired of it he thought seriously about quitting, and even sent out a catalogue for "Harry Houdini's School of Magic" while staying with his mother in New York on an extended break.
Houdini had always been close to his mother, but since his father's death had demonstrated a fierce devotion rivaled only by his love for Bess.
Although Houdini was eager to remain friends with the noted man of letters, their differing views eventually led to a falling out.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/amex/houdini/peopleevents/pande04.html   (1732 words)

 Harry Houdini - biography, Year He Died and More..
However, Houdini was least concerned about the dangers posed by such acts and wanted to test his limits.
Thus, even though Houdini died in 1926, he continues to dominate the acts performed by escapologists and the world of 'dangerous magic' today.
The 'father of modern day magic', Houdini not only acted in movies or gave magical performances, but he was also the editor of a special newspaper section which was devoted to exposing and teaching magical tricks.
www.magic-tricks-revealed.com /Harry-Houdini.html   (372 words)

 Houdini | Harry Houdini
Houdini was a masterful performer on a most unconventional world stage and a genius at media manipulation and self-promotion.
Houdini compelled an international audience to enter his performance; as he broke through one barrier after another he liberated their imaginations with his own.
This song was played when Houdini hustled onto the stage and greeted his audience at the beginning of each performance.
www.houdinitribute.com   (198 words)

 Harry Houdini : Aviation Pioneer (1874-1926)
Houdini, as well as being the first to make a controlled powered flight in Australia, also seems to be the first aviator here to have documented the event(s) on film.
Harry Houdini has fully established his claim to be considered the first successful aviator in Australia.
Houdini's movements were plainly hampered by a cross-current of wind which was pronounced by experienced spectators to be distinctly dangerous.
www.ctie.monash.edu.au /hargrave/houdini_bio.html   (1026 words)

Harry Houdini is still considered today as one of the greatest illusionists and magicians in history.
Houdini’s many journals and notes remained in the possession of his brother after his death and when his brother died, they were destroyed.
Houdini was baffled by the case and admitted that he had no satisfactory explanation for the photograph.
www.prairieghosts.com /houdini.html   (4446 words)

 Harry Houdini
Born Ehrich Weiss, Harry Houdini was a master of illusion.
Houdini earned an international reputation as an escape artist who dramatically freed himself from ropes, shackles, and handcuffs.
He was married to Wilhelmina Rahner, who, as Beatrice Houdini, was his stage assistant.
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 Harry Houdini books   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Soon Houdini was performing for royalty, commanding vast sums, and exploring the new power of Hollywood to expand on his legend.
Houdini raises hell with spiritualists who were giving their (usually paying) clients a vision of heavens to come, and shares the methods used to practice "fake" and sensational spiritualism.
Nine days after the incident, Houdini was dead, the victim of a ruptured appendix, and his killer, a Montreal student named J. Gordon Whitehead, was nowhere to be found.
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 Harry Houdini   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Harry Houdini was a famous magician in the late 1800's until he died in 1926.
Harry Houdini did such things as standing on top of a plane's wing as the plane went round and round.
Harry Houdini died of peritonitis (stomach disease) on October 31,1926 in Detroit, Michigan.
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 Harry Houdini
The great Harry Houdini best exemplified the 1920s’ hype, showmanship, and interest in the mysterious.
Houdini also starred in several motion pictures from 1919 to 1922.
On August 5, 1926, Houdini performed his most dangerous stunt, a 90-minute underwater submersion in an airtight sealed coffin.
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