Harry Houdini was born Erik Weisz, but that name wasn't going to cut it for his magical ambitions. The origin of "Harry" was simple—he'd gone by "Ehrie" as a kid, so he just Americanized the old nickname. "Houdini" was an homage to one of the pioneers of modern magic, Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin. Robert-Houdin was a clockmaker who opened his own magic theatre in 1845. He's widely credited with being the first to perform in evening attire instead of fantastical robes, thus making magic a little more mainstream.
Oddly enough, Houdini turned on his magical namesake later in life, writing a book called The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin in which he criticized Robert-Houdin for stealing other magicians' tricks.
Harry's original name was Erik Weisz when he moved to Germany many people spelt his name Erich and called him Harry. With his last name he was inspired by another famous magician named Robert Houdin. Houdini didn't copy the whole name but instead put the I at the end of Houdini, as he knew in French if you put an 'I' at the end of something it means 'Like' or 'Similar'. Does that answer your question?
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