Harry Houdini

1874 - 1926

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Harry Houdini (; born Erik Weisz, later known as Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harry Houdini has received more than 8,608,442 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 Magician.

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Among magicians, Harry Houdini ranks 1 out of 11. After 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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In Hungary

Among people born in Hungary, Harry Houdini ranks 10 out of 696. Before 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

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