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Harry Houdini

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Harry Houdini

Budapest-born, American stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1874.

Countries: United Kingdom (28%), Australia (11%), New York (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Ghostwriter, H. P. Lovecraft, Daily Mirror

Linked to: Daily Mirror, American Museum of Magic, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, Powerhouse Museum

 

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Harry Houdini was born in 1874 add something


1878

Weisz arrived in the United States on July 3, 1878, sailing on the SS "Fresia" with his mother and his four brothers add something


1880

According to the 1880 census, the family lived on Appleton, Wisconsin Street add something


1882

On June 6, 1882, Rabbi Weiss became an American citizen add something


1887

Losing his tenure at Zion in 1887, Rabbi Weiss moved with Ehrich to New York City add something


1890

Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin - American magician and escape artist Harry Houdini was so impressed by Robert-Houdin that, after reading his autobiography in 1890, Ehrich adopted the stage name of "Houdini" in honour of Robert-Houdin


1893

In 1893, while performing with his brother "Dash" at Coney Island as "The Brothers Houdini", Harry met a fellow performer Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner add something


1894

Though Bess was initially courted by Dash, she and Houdini married in 1894, with Bess replacing Dash in the act, which became known as "The Houdinis add something


1899

Houdini's big break came in 1899 when he met manager Martin Beck in rural Woodstock, Illinois add something


1900

In 1900, Beck arranged for Houdini to tour Europe add something


1901

In 1901, Houdini introduced his own original act, the Milk Can Escape add something


1902

William Hope Hodgson - In 1902, Hodgson himself appeared on stage with handcuffs and other restraining devices supplied by the Blackburn police department and applied the restraints to Harry Houdini, who had previously escaped from the Blackburn jail


1904

In 1904, the London "Daily Mirror" newspaper challenged Houdini to escape from a special handcuff that it claimed had taken Nathaniel Hart, a locksmith from Birmingham , five years to make add something

 

In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to escape from a special handcuff commissioned by London 's "Daily Mirror", keeping them in suspense for an hour add something


1906

In 1906 Houdini started showing films of his outside escapes as part of his vaudeville act add something


1907

From 1907 and throughout the 1910s, Houdini performed with great success in the United States add something

 

From 1907 on, Houdini would claim in interviews to have been born in Appleton, Wisconsin, which was not true add something

 

The set includes newsreel footage of Houdini's escapes from 1907 to 1923, and a section from "Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini à Paris" add something

 

Dorothy Young - "'Dorothy Lena Young"' was an American entertainer who worked as a stage assistant to magician Harry Houdini from 1925 to 1926


1908

Because of imitators, on January 25, 1908, Houdini put his "handcuff act" behind him and began escaping from a locked, water-filled milk can add something


1909

By modern standard his flight time was minimal, but in 1909 he had enough to become an instructor add something

 

In 1909 Houdini made a film in Paris for Cinema Lux titled "Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini à Paris" add something

 

In 1909, Houdini became fascinated with aviation add something

 

John Henry Anderson - Magician Harry Houdini, who was born in the same year as Anderson's death, revered Anderson as one of his inspirations and in 1909 arranged for the upkeep of the gravesite, which had fallen into disrepair


1910

The flight took place on March 17, 1910 add something


1912

In 1912, Houdini introduced perhaps his most famous act, the Chinese Water Torture Cell, in which he was suspended upside-down in a locked glass-and-steel cabinet full to overflowing with water add something

 

In 1912, the vast number of imitators prompted Houdini to replace his Milk Can act with the Chinese Water Torture Cell add something

 

Houdini first performed the escape in New York's East River on July 7, 1912 add something

 

The first public performance of the USD was at the Circus Busch in Berlin, on September 21, 1912 add something


1914

Houdini made the only known recordings of his voice on Edison wax cylinders on October 29, 1914, in Flatbush, New York add something


1915

The first was near Santa Ana, California in 1915, and it almost cost Houdini his life add something


1916

By the end of 1916, magicians' clubs in San Francisco and other cities that Houdini had not visited were offering to become assemblies add something

 

For most of 1916, while on his vaudeville tour, Houdini, at his own expense, had been recruiting local magic clubs to join the SAM in an effort to revitalize what he felt was a weak organization add something


1917

He served as President of the Society of American Magicians from 1917 until his death in 1926 add something

 

In 1917, he signed Assembly Number Three's charter into existence, and that charter and this club continue to provide Chicago magicians with a connection to each other and to their past add something


1918

In 1918 Houdini signed a contract with film producer B.A. Rolfe to star in a 15-part serial, "The Master Mystery" add something

 

In 1918, he registered for selective service as Harry Handcuff Houdini add something


1920

In the 1920s Houdini turned his energies toward debunking self-proclaimed psychics and mediums, a pursuit that would inspire and be followed by later-day conjurers add something

 

Arthur Conan Doyle - Conan Doyle was friends for a time with Harry Houdini, the American magician who himself became a prominent opponent of the Spiritualist movement in the 1920s following the death of his beloved mother

 

Fulton Oursler - In the 1920s Oursler aided Harry Houdini in his crusade against fraudulent mediums

 

Ghostwriter - Sometimes famous authors will ghostwrite for other celebrities as well, such as when H. P. Lovecraft ghostwrote "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" for Harry Houdini in "Weird Tales" in the 1920s

 

Ghostwriter - Sometimes famous authors will ghostwrite for other celebrities as well, such as when H. P. Lovecraft ghostwrote "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" for Harry Houdini in "Weird Tales" in the 1920s


1923

In 1923, Houdini became president of Martinka & Co., America's oldest magic company add something

 

Neither Houdini's acting career nor FDC found success, and he gave up on the movie business in 1923, complaining that "the profits are too meager" add something


1925

Houdina Radio Control - In July 1925, Harry Houdini and his secretary, Oscar Teale, broke into offices of Houdina Radio Control


1926

Even the circumstances of his death in 1926 were dramatic and mysterious add something

 

Houdini continued to perform the escape until his death in 1926 add something

 

In 1926, Harry Houdini hired H. P. Lovecraft and his friend C. M. Eddy, Jr., to write an entire book about debunking superstition, which was to be called "The Cancer of Superstition add something

 

In July, 1926, Houdini was elected for the ninth successive time President of the Society of American Magicians add something


Harry Houdini died in 1926 add something

 

Houdini bettered Bey on August 5, 1926, by remaining in a sealed casket, or coffin, submerged in the swimming pool of New York's Hotel Shelton for one hour and a half add something

 

He repeated the feat at the YMCA in Worcester Massachusetts on September 28, 1926, this time remaining sealed for one hour and eleven minutes add something

 

Houdini's funeral was held on November 4, 1926, in New York, with more than 2,000 mourners in attendance add something


1927

A statuary bust was added to the exedra in 1927, a rarity, because graven images are forbidden in nearly all Jewish cemeteries add something

 

The stunt was to be the feature escape of his 1927 season, but Houdini died on October 31, 1926 add something


1929

She did have a contact through Arthur Ford in 1929 add something


1936

In 1936, after a last unsuccessful séance on the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel, she put out the candle that she had kept burning beside a photograph of Houdini since his death add something


1938

Wing Commander Harry Cobby wrote in "Aircraft" in March 1938 that "the first aeroplane flight in the Southern Hemisphere was made on December 9, 1909 by Mr Colin Defries, a Londoner, at Victoria Park Racecourse, Sydney, in a Wilbur Wright aeroplane" add something


1940

Hardeen sold much of the collection to magician and Houdini enthusiast Sidney Hollis Radner during the 1940s, including the Water Torture Cell add something

 

Houdini's brother, Theodore Hardeen, continued to perform the milk can into the 1940s add something


1943

In 1943, Bess said that "ten years is long enough to wait for any man add something

 

Houdini's widow, Bess, died of a heart attack on February 11, 1943, aged 67, in Needles, California while on a train en route from Los Angeles to New York City add something


1965

In 1965 aviation journalist Stanley Brogden formed the view that the first powered flight in Australia took place at Bolivar in South Australia; the aircraft was a Bleriot monoplane with Fred Custance as the pilot add something


1970

The six wax cylinders were discovered in the collection of magician John Mulholland after his death in 1970 add something


1975

In 1975 it was knocked over and destroyed add something


1991

In 1991, well-known illusionist and television performer David Copperfield purchased the entirety of Mulholland's Houdini holdings from Mulholland's estate add something


1999

Many of the props contained in the museum such as the Mirror Handcuffs, Houdini's original packing crate, a Milk Can, and a straitjacket, survived the fire and were auctioned off in 1999 and 2008 add something


2003

Radner loaned the bulk of his collection for archiving to the Outagamie Museum in Appleton,_Wisconsin; but pulled it in 2003, and auctioned it off a year later in Las Vegas, on October 30, 2004 add something


2004

"The Man Who Killed Houdini" by Don Bell, Vehicule Press, 2004 When Houdini arrived at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan on October 24, 1926, for what would be his last performance, he had a fever of 104 °F add something


2007

On March 22, 2007, Houdini's grand-nephew , George Hardeen, announced that the courts would be asked to allow exhumation of Houdini's body add something


2008

In 2008 it was revealed the parties involved never filed legal papers to perform an exhumation add something

 

In April 2008 Kino International released a DVD box set of Houdini's surviving silent films, including "The Master Mystery", "Terror Island", "The Man From Beyond", "Haldane of the Secret Service", and five minutes from "The Grim Game" add something

 

Catherine Zeta-Jones - In 2008, starred alongside Guy Pearce and Saoirse Ronan in Death Defying Acts, a biopic about legendary escapologist Harry Houdini at the height of his career in the 1920s.


2010

In 2010 Australia Post issued stamps commemorating Colin Defries, Houdini and John Robertson Duigan, crediting only Defries and Duigan with historical firsts add something


2011

Temporary ones were placed there until 2011 when a group who came to be called The Houdini Commandos from The Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA placed a permanent bust with the permission of Houdini's family and the cemetery add something


2013

The Society of American  Magicians, at their National Council Meeting in Boca Raton , Florida, in 2013 voted to assume the financial responsibilities for the care and maintenance of the Houdini Gravesite add something


2014

The collector died in October 2014, soon after the sale add something

 

Mae Busch - In 2014 the thought to be lost 1919 film which was the first feature in to star Harry Houdini The Grim Game was discovered and restored by Rick Schmidlin for Turner Classic Movies and featured Mae Busch


2015

The film, not seen by the general public for 96 years will be shown by TCM on March 29, 2015 as a highlight of their yearly 4-day festival in Hollywood add something

 

Turner Classic Movies will show it twice on their network on October 18, 2015 add something


2016

In October, 2016, in conjunction with the 90th anniversary of the death of Houdini, the Ransom Center embarked on a major re-cataloging of the Houdini collection to make it more visible and accessible to researchers add something

 

The collection was exclusively paper-based until April 2016, when the Ransom Center acquired one of Houdini's ball weights with chain and ankle cuff add something

 

In October 2016, in conjunction with the 90th anniversary of the death of Houdini, the Ransom Center embarked on a major re-cataloging of the Houdini collection to make it more visible and accessible to researchers add something


2018

The collection reopened in 2018, with its finding aids posted online add something