Harry Houdini

Considered the greatest of the magicians, Harry Houdini was a consummate showman. His name is a direct take off of the French magician Robert-Houdin, with whom he was often compared. Questions about this performer are discussed here.

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How did Harry Houdini come up with his stage name?

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.

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Was Harry Houdini double jointed?

Is it not true that Houdini was totally double jointed and could dislocate and re-align his shoulders. There was no one "secret" to Houdini's ability to escape from handcuffs, but a combination of technical knowledge, physical skill, and trickery. It all started with what one locksmith who knew him called his "remarkable knowledge of locks and locking devices." Houdini collected and studied locks all of his life and claimed that he had "photographic eyes" that helped him remember how each type worked and could be opened. Most of the time Houdini used a key hidden in or smuggled into the cabinet or jail cell, either on his person or by an assistant. Depending on how he was bound, Houdini would manipulate the keys with his hands -- sometimes using specially designed extension rods -- or with his teeth. But he also knew tricks for opening many of the simpler types of cuff without keys.

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How and where did harry houdini die?

Houdini died in Detroit on Oct 31, 1926.

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What was Harry Houdini's sisters names?

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Did Harry Houdini work?

As a child he worked as a News Paper Boy, a shoe Shiner, he got many jobs at circuses, and he also got a job as a lock smith.

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What was one of Harry Houdini's major accomplishments?

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Jumped off a bridge with his hands handcuffed. Then he jumped off a bridge and escaped the hand cuffs.

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When did Harry Houdini's mom die?

July 17, 1913
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How old was houdini's mom when she died?

Cecilia Steiner was 72 years of age when she died.

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Did any of Harry Houdini's brother follow in his foot steps?

Yes! Harry Houdini's brother Theo or "Hardeen" used a lot of his tricks and followed in his footsteps. I know this because I just finished a long biography on him.

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Did Harry Houdini die in Montreal?

WRONG ANSWER BELOW. No he died in Detroit on October 31, 1926.

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Where was Harry Houdini's funeral?

New York City (on 4th Nov 1926)

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What was Harry Houdini's contribution important to his country?

dood he dabbed basically

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Who is Ehrich Weiss?

Harry Houdini

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Why did Harry Houdini want to be a magician?

He saw Alice from Alice in the wonderland and then the white rabbit gave him a piece of chocolate, he ate the choc and turned into a rabbit. So he learned magic to free himself

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What are the functions of periscope?

The periscope is used primarily to view the surface of the water around the submarine, as well as to transmit Morse code messages to other subs or ships in the vicinity.

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What was harry houdinis straight jacket trick?

its were he escapes from a straight jacket

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Did Harry Houdini die of drowning?

THE ANSWER BELOW IS WRONG. Houdini died of a burst appendix while doing a trick in a straight jacket while hanging upside down in water.

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What are famous quotes by Harry Houdini?

epic face

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Where did Harry Houdini go to school?

He didnt his family was poor

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How are handcuffs used?

You lock it around your hand and your hand is trapped so you can't escape.

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When did Harry Houdini's father die?

He died in 1892 during a car crash.

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What were Harry Houdini's brothers and sister's names?

Herman,Nathan,and William Harry Houdini had five brothers (Herman, Theodore, Gottfried, Leopold, and Nathan) and a sister (Gladys)

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What are quotes by Harry Houdini?

Here are some fun quotes by Harry Houdini:

My brain is the key that sets my mind free. The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin. Magic is the sole science not accepted by scientists, because they can't understand it. What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes.

The easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place someone is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death.

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What did Harry Houdini call himself?

MR. Houdini

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When was Harry Houdini buried alive?

It is actually unknown if Houdini ever actually performed his Buried Alive stunt onstage. It was meant to be his feature escape of 1927, but he died on October 31, 1926. He was buried in the same casket that he would have used for that trick however, so he was buried in his trick casket, he was just never buried ALIVE in it.

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