Harry Houdini is in all probability one of the most widely known and esteemed magicians there has ever been – if you ask an individual on the street, even today, to name a magician, there is a very good prospect they’ll name Houdini, altho he passed away in 1926.
So, here are a few facts regarding Houdini that you may not know:
1. His real name was Erich Weiss, but he changed his name to Houdini in honour of a famous French magician, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin.
2. He was actually born in Budapest, Hungary, though his family moved to the USA when he was very young. However, he did assert in later years to have been born in Appleton, Wisconsin.
3. Houdini begun life as a very intermediate magician, going by the title King Of Kards for a while, before embarking on his distinguishable career as an escapologist, for which he became so famous.
4. His wife, Bess, was also a performer, and after they were married, she worked as his stage assistant for the rest of his performing career.
5. It was for the duration of his highly successful tour of Europe, just after the turn of the century, that he acquired the name The Handcuff King.
6. He became famous for his suspended straitjacket escapes, as well as escapes from beneath water, but his most widely known and esteemed was the Chinese Water Torture Cell, in which he was hung upside down, by his ankles, in a cabinet filled with water.
7. Houdini was an avid aviator, and was the firstborn person to achieve a controlled, powered flight over Australia, in 1910, in his own Voisin biplane.
8. He made a few movies, including The Man From Beyond (1921), even though they were far from successful.
9. For numerous years, Houdini was the most eminent paid performer in vaudeville.
10. He served as the President of the Society Of American Magicians from 1917 until his death in 1926.
11. After the death of his beloved mother, Cecilia, he expended much of his time debunking fraudulent mediums after vain attempts to contact her from beyond the grave.
12. His exposures of spiritualists cost him his friendship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the famous Sherlock Homes stories.
13. Although the movie starring Tony Curtis regarding Houdini’s life had him dying under water in a failed escape, he actually passed from physical life after contracting peritonitis, supposedly after being hit in the stomach by a student before he had to time to prepare himself. He passed from physical life various days later, on Halloween 1926, at the age of 52.