What is Harry Houdini?

  • (noun): United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets of padlocked containers (1874-1926).
    Synonyms: Houdini, Erik Weisz

Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Budapest-born, American stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he sensationally challenged different police forces to try to keep him locked up. This revealed a talent for gimmickry and for audience involvement that characterized all his work. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to hold his breath inside a sealed milk can.

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Chinese Water Torture Cell - Modern Interpretations
... and escape artists have performed the escape since Houdini, among them Al Marks (1940s, using a steel tank with no window), Dill-Russel and Norman Bigelow ... The cell used is a replica of the Houdini cell, made after extensive research using photographs and plans ... The replica "Houdini Water Torture" escape, as seen on The Paul Daniel's Magic Show, is now owned by of Merlins of Wakefield, who plan to exhibit it in a ...
The Arcanum (novel) - Characters - Harry Houdini
... Houdini has moved on from his time with the Arcanum and is now a world-famous escape artist ... He is currently making movies that highlight his escape skills and would prefer to forget all about his past occult exploits ...
Jeffrey De Munn - Filmography - Film
... Evil Philip Stadling 1981 Ragtime Harry Houdini 1981 World of Honor District Attorney Burke 1982 A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom 1982 Frances Clifford Odets 1983 The Face of Rage Jeff Hammil 1983 ... David Matthews 1987 Kojak The Price of Justice Marsucci 1987 Young Harry Houdini Harry Houdini 1988 Windmills of the Gods Rogers 1988 Doubletake Andrew Lane 1988 The ... Ben Bronschweig 1998 Black Cat Run Bill Grissom 1999 The Green Mile Harry Terwilliger 2000 Noriega God's Favorite Nunico 2001 The Majestic Ernie Cole ...
Houdini (disambiguation)
... Harry Houdini (1874–1926) was a famous magician and escape artist ... Houdini may also refer to Houdini (film), a 1953 biographical film about Harry Houdini Bess Houdini (1876-1943), Harry Houdini's stage assistant and wife Wilmoth Houdini (1895–1973), a ...
Harry Houdini - Filmography
... Films starring Houdini Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini à Paris—Cinema Lux (1909)—playing himself The Master Mystery—Octagon Films (1918)—playing ...

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