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Life and career
He was born in Budapest to Jewish parents  and was named Erik Weisz, but changed his name to Harry Houdini when he became a professional Magician. At first he did not have much success in his career. In 1899 his acts got better when he met his manager Martin Beck. Martin Beck was impressed with Houdini's handcuff Painting and within a year Houdini was famous.
In Popular Culture
- In 1953 there was a popular but fictionalized movie "Houdini" [Tony Curtis as Houdini]; its ending is that Houdini accidently drowns trying to escape from a escape proof water trap; in actual fact Houdini died of peritonitis, secondary to a ruptured appendix.
- A running gag in TV is that an evil magician is trying to steal Harry Houdini's "Magic Secrets":
- In the TV show "Simon & Simon" "Grand Illusion" Season 3 episode 1 9/29/1983 is the theme of stolen Notes of Harry Houdini and a ghostly magician
- In the cartoon The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Cabinet of Calamari" 9/30/1987 The Ghostbusters capture the ghost of Harry Houdini who keeps escaping from their traps; in a twist ending Houdini ghost not only rescuses Peter Venkman from a ghostly dimension but also help capture a dishonest magician who stole Houdini magic Secrets!
- Fraser, Bryce; Weldon, Kevin (1983). The Macquarie Book of Events. Sydney: Macquarie Library Pty.Ltd.. p. 105. .
- Higbee, Joan. "Great Escapes". American Memory Web Site, Hosts Houdini Collection. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/970224/houdini.html. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- Houdini Tribute 400+ Photos, videos, multimedia, and hear Houdini's voice.
- Harry Houdini on IMDb
- Harry Houdini on National Public Radio in 2010
- Harry Houdini: His Life and His Art
- Harry Houdini at Find a Grave
- Wild About Harry—Website devoted to what's new in the world of Houdini; books, DVDs, auctions, movies, events, and pop culture references.