Harry Houdini

1874 - 1926

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Erik Weisz (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926), known as Harry Houdini ( hoo-DEE-nee), was a Hungarian-American escape artist, illusionist, and stunt performer, noted for his escape acts.Houdini first attracted notice in vaudeville in the United States and then as Harry 'Handcuff' Houdini on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it. In 1904, thousands watched as Houdini tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror, keeping them in suspense for an hour. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harry Houdini has received more than 13,336,387 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Harry Houdini is the most popular magician, the 8th most popular biography from Hungary (up from 9th in 2019) and the most popular Hungarian Magician.

Harry Houdini was a famous magician and escape artist. He was most famous for his ability to escape from any type of restraint.

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Over the past year Harry Houdini has had the most page views in the with 1,792,252 views, followed by German (235,361), and Spanish (223,052). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Wu Chinese (144.48%), Northern Sami (134.54%), and Polish (128.70%)


Among magicians, Harry Houdini ranks 1 out of 11After him are David Copperfield, Uri Geller, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, James Randi, David Blaine, Ricky Jay, Criss Angel, Dynamo, Derren Brown, and Penn Jillette.

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Among people born in 1874, Harry Houdini ranks 4Before him are Winston Churchill, Robert Frost, and Guglielmo Marconi. After him are Arnold Schoenberg, Herbert Hoover, Howard Carter, Chaim Weizmann, Ernst Cassirer, Johannes Stark, Max Scheler, and Edward Thorndike. Among people deceased in 1926, Harry Houdini ranks 5Before him are Claude Monet, Antoni Gaudí, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Mehmed VI. After him are Emperor Taishō, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Mary Cassatt, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Camillo Golgi, and Sunjong of Korea.

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In Hungary

Among people born in Hungary, Harry Houdini ranks 8 out of 1,077Before him are Ferenc Puskás (1927), Theodor Herzl (1860), Elizabeth Báthory (1560), Matthias Corvinus (1443), Edward Teller (1908), and Rudolf Steiner (1861). After him are Stephen I of Hungary (975), John von Neumann (1903), George Soros (1930), Miklós Horthy (1868), Ignaz Semmelweis (1818), and Imre Nagy (1896).

Among MAGICIANS In Hungary

Among magicians born in Hungary, Harry Houdini ranks 1