Harry Houdini

1874 - 1926

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Harry Houdini (; born Erik Weisz; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American escape artist, illusionist, stunt performer and mysteriarch, noted for his escape acts.He 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 he 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 9,672,511 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Harry Houdini is the most popular magician, the 10th most popular biography from Hungary (down 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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Among magicians, Harry Houdini ranks 1 out of 11After him are David Copperfield, Uri Geller, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, James Randi, David Blaine, Criss Angel, Ricky Jay, Penn Jillette, Dynamo, and Derren Brown.

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Among people born in 1874, Harry Houdini ranks 5Before him are Winston Churchill, Guglielmo Marconi, Robert Frost, and Arnold Schoenberg. After him are Lucy Maud Montgomery, Edward Thorndike, Howard Carter, W. Somerset Maugham, Herbert Hoover, Chaim Weizmann, and Ernst Cassirer. Among people deceased in 1926, Harry Houdini ranks 5Before him are Claude Monet, Antoni Gaudí, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Mehmed VI. After him are Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Emperor Taishō, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Camillo Golgi, Gertrude Bell, and Rudolph Valentino.

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Among people born in Hungary, Harry Houdini ranks 10 out of 696Before him are Ferenc Puskás (1927), Martin of Tours (316), Theodor Herzl (1860), John von Neumann (1903), George Soros (1930), and Louis II of Hungary (1506). After him are Miklós Horthy (1868), Gaiseric (389), Imre Nagy (1896), Stephen I of Hungary (975), Count of St. Germain (1712), and Louis I of Hungary (1326).

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Among magicians born in Hungary, Harry Houdini ranks 1