Magician Harry Houdini was born Erik Weisz on March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary, though he often claimed to have been born in Wisconsin. His father was Rabbi Mayer Weiss, and he had six siblings. He began his career as a magician, and eventually became a stuntman and escapologist.

Find A Grave: Harry Houdini

Contains a brief biography of the escapologist, and photographs of him and his final resting place.

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Find A Grave: Harry Houdini

Contains a brief biography of the escapologist, and photographs of him and his final resting place.

Houdini and My Husband

An article by the woman who was married to the physician who tended to Houdini as he was dying.

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Houdini and My Husband

An article by the woman who was married to the physician who tended to Houdini as he was dying.

Houdini Tribute

Details the life and magic of the great Houdini, as well as his exposition of spiritualism, and a quiz about him.

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Houdini Tribute

Details the life and magic of the great Houdini, as well as his exposition of spiritualism, and a quiz about him.

House of Deception: Houdini's Handwriting

Presents an article which imparts information about Houdini's handwriting and signature and what they revealed about his character and personality.

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House of Deception: Houdini's Handwriting

Presents an article which imparts information about Houdini's handwriting and signature and what they revealed about his character and personality.

NPR: Exposing Houdini

A companion piece to the June 2, 2004 broadcast of "All Things Considered" contains an overview of his life and craft, and an explanation of his signature act, "Metamorphosis".

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NPR: Exposing Houdini

A companion piece to the June 2, 2004 broadcast of "All Things Considered" contains an overview of his life and craft, and an explanation of his signature act, "Metamorphosis".

One Final Trick for Houdini: Exhumation

MSNBC report on the run-up to the exhumation to ascertain once and for all whether he actually died as a result of being poisoned.

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One Final Trick for Houdini: Exhumation

MSNBC report on the run-up to the exhumation to ascertain once and for all whether he actually died as a result of being poisoned.

The Life and Death of Harry Houdini

In honor of the 80th anniversary of the death of the magician, NPR published this article and made available the radio show where biographer Kenneth Silverman described Houdini's last days as well as an audio recording of an attempt to contact the dead magician by séance in 1978.

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The Life and Death of Harry Houdini

In honor of the 80th anniversary of the death of the magician, NPR published this article and made available the radio show where biographer Kenneth Silverman described Houdini's last days as well as an audio recording of an attempt to contact the dead magician by séance in 1978.

Timeline of Houdini's Life

Displays a detailed timeline from 1874 through his death Halloween night 1926.

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Timeline of Houdini's Life

Displays a detailed timeline from 1874 through his death Halloween night 1926.

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