Harry Houdini ca. 1899
Harry Houdini full-length portrait ca. 1905
Poster ca. 1914
"Do Spirits Return?" Poster ca. 1909
Mar 24, 1874: Happy Birthday Harry Houdini!
On this day in 1874, Ehrich Weisz, or as we know him – Harry Houdini, was born in Budapest, Hungary. Houdini left home at seventeen to begin his magic career. He caused a lot of commotion as he continuously escaped from policemen, whether he was in handcuffs or behind bars. Throughout his career, Houdini amazed audiences through his performances involving straitjackets and coffins as well as his appearances in film.
Curious to know how he escaped? Visit American Experience’s Escape Secrets.
Image (from top to bottom): Harry Houdini ca. 1899, Harry Houdini full-length portrait ca. 1905, Poster ca. 1914, “Do Spirits Return?” Poster ca. 1909 (Library of Congress).
Happy Birthday to the man who made magic an art form and debunked the impossibly ludicrous mysticism of his time.