If the most notable escape artist and magician of all time had managed to escape death, he’d be 137 today.
Born Eric Weisz in Hungary in 1874, Harry Houdini immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of four and later changed his name.
He got his start in performing with a stint doing card tricks in the circus but soon moved on to escape acts and illusions, many which featured in his later film career. Houdini died in 1926, at the age of 52, after suffering from complications from a ruptured appendix.
Google’s Doodle in Houdini’s honor showcases an old-school circus-esque poster, reminiscent of the ones that would advertise his shows.
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