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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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Did Harry Houdini get awards?

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Back in those days, There were no awards. Only monetary was earned.

1975 - Houdini received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Orange Drive, just across from the Grauman's Chinese Theater and down the street from The Magic Castle.

When did Harry Houdini start magic?

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Harry Houdini, whose birth name was Erik Weisz, was born in 1874. He began practicing as a magician in 1897 at age 25. While not good at first, he went on to become arguably the greatest magician ever.

Why did Harry Houdini do what he did?

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Harry Houdini had always wanted to be a magician. When he was only seven, he was watching magic shows and trying to figure out how the magician did it. Everybody told him he couln't do it, but he did.

Did houdini ever get married?

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Sadly, harry never had children with his wife, Beatrice.

Did Houdini die of a trick?

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Houdini used to do this act where he would flex his muscles and he would get someone from the audience to come and punch him. Well after one of his shows a guy surprised him and punched him in the stomach without him flexing. Houdini was severely winded but recovered enough to offer to repeat the attempt; the punch bounced off his flexed muscles. However, later Houdini was taken ill and later died of a burst appendix.

What is orpheum?

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Latin accusative of Orpheus, the Ancient Greek mythological singer and lyrist. The word Orpheum in English is frequently used in the naming of performing arts theatres, though it does not have a full meaning in and of itself.

What was Harry Houdini's parents' jobs?

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A historian and a actor

How did Harry Houdini come to America?

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Houdini came to America when he was four because of his father. They lived in the poor Jewish slum of Budapest in Hungary. Houdini's father heard rumors nthat America's streets were paved with gold. He took a ship over to New York, only to find that the streets were in fact NOT paved with gold. It took Houdini's father two years to scrape enough money togther to bring the family over. When he finally got the money, they settled in Appleton, Wisonsin.

Where was Harry Houdinis first show?

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At first, Houdini performed in Coney Island performances with his brother. His first SUCESSFUL performance was in Scotland Yard, followed by a six-month performance streak at the Alhambra Theatre.

Whats Harry Houdini real name?

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Harry Houdini's real name was Erich Weiss.

What magic tricks did Houdini do?

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By the time Houdini was six, he had already developed a taste for magic and sleight of hand. His first trick was making a dried pea appear in any one of three cups. As a boy, he spent his time practicing acrobatics, and doing odd jobs as a newspaper seller and bootblack. When Harry was nine, a circus arrived in town. He showed the manager his tricks and the man was so impressed with Harry's talent for releasing himself from rope ties, and picking up pins with his eyelids, that he hired him to perform while the circus was in town.

Did Harry Houdini have any nieces or nephews?

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

What was houdini's education?

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Harry Houdini was an American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer. He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena. Houdini barely had any education. In his early years he took jobs selling newspapers and shining boot. Houdini was self educated. He did a good on that.

How old was Harry Houdini when he started doing magic?

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Houdini was a young boy when he started his magic acts.

When did Harry Houdini perform his first escape?

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Harry Houdini was born on March 24, 1874

What was Harry Houdini's favorite color?

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The biographies usually say "blue" or "blue-gray", but Houdini's eyes were "medium blue" with "sm[all] brown" flecks encircling the pupils, according to Aleš Hrdlička's Measurement Chart of Harry Houdini, National Anthropological Archives, Aleš Hrdlička Papers, Box 130, held at the Smithsonian Institution.

See below under "Sources and related links" for a reproduction of a doctor's examination giving detailed measurements and descriptions of the famous escape artist.

The light color of his eyes is apparent even in black and white photos such as the image (included in "Sources and related links" below) from the Houdini: Art and Magic show at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles.

Also linked below is a high-resolution photo in which even the darker flecks near his pupils are somewhat visible.

Did Harry Houdini play in movies?

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Harry Houdini was an American magician, born in the late 1800's. He was best known for being an escape artist and stunt-man. His most famous 'tricks/stunts' included escaping from straight jackets and escaping a various locking mechanisms while underwater. He claimed that he could sustain any blow to his upper body without injury. Numerous people challenged him on this claim. Eventually his body did give out and he died of peritonitis due to a ruptured appendix.
Harry Houdini was an Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer. He died in October 31, 1926.

Who taught Harry Houdini magic?

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Madam Hooch officially taught Harry how to fly on a broom stick - at least the rudimentary knowledge - in the first book. But, from what we could see, Harry didn't really need all that much teaching. He was a natural even without Madam Hooch. After the class, though, it was Oliver Wood, the Gryffindor Quidditch captain, who really honed Harry's skills and taught him everything he knew.

What was harry houdini's wifes name?

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houdini`s wife (aka Bess) died February 11, 1943 from a heart attack while in Needles, California, aboard an eastbound train traveling from Los Angeles to New York City.

When did Harry Houdini run away from home?

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He wanted to run away from the house and join a circus as a trapese artist

At the age of 12, Erich ran away from home, hoping to contribute more to his impoverished parents than he could make shining shoes and selling newspapers.

What was Harry Houdini's claim to fame?

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Harry Houdini was a Hungarian American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer. He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena.

How old was Harry Houdini's parents when they died?

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They were 21 when they died, as pointed out in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In the first movie, it shows that James was the seeker for the Gryffindor quidditch team in 1972, so he would have been in his second year. However, according to this time line, the last book is set in 1997, which does not make much sense to me. Hope this helps!

How much did Harry Houdini weigh?

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Harry Houdini was about 5' 4". He was small, but he was a very muscular man.