The great magician harry houdini left this life nearly 80 years ago on halloween some say houdini's premature death was caused in part by his reputation for bravado and superhuman strength. This answer is not to malign harry houdini (born born erik weisz, later ehrich weiss), because he’s been a personal hero of mine ever since i was a young boy houdini was an incredible promoter (it still amazes me how great he was at using stunts and dares to get free publicity) and undoubtedly. Harry houdini was born in budapest, hungary on march 24, 1874 as erik weisz the weisz family emigrated to the us in 1878, changed their last name to weiss and erik’s first name to ehrich and settled in appleton, wisconsin, where ehrich’s father worked for a time as a rabbi.
Ehrich acquired the name houdini from a book he read, the memoirs of robert-houdin, the autobiography of one of the greatest magicians of the day influenced by what he read and learned about the internationally known magician robert houdin, young ehrich changed his name to houdini, hoping to be in some way like his new found mentor. Loyalty to fellow magicians keeps author-magician fleischman from revealing houdini’s methods, although his bibliography includes books that tell all hungarian jewish immigrant ehrich weiss, searching for a way to financially aid his poor family, finds vaudeville and his stage name, the great houdini. Harry houdini began life as ehrich weiss who was born in budapest, hungary on march 24, 1874 however, when he was a young man ehrich reinvented himself adopting a new name (harry houdini), a new birthday (april 6 th 1974), and a new birthplace (appleton, wisconsin.
Summary who was this man who could walk through brick walls and, with a snap of his fingers, vanish elephants in these pages you will meet the astonishing houdini--magician, ghost chaser, daredevil, pioneer aviator, and king of escape artists. The book doesn't contain as many pictures as other illustrated non-fiction books, but it gives a wonderful biography of houdini the writing is engaging and easy to read a young adult could learn so much from this biography and enjoy the reading in the process. Popular houdini books (showing 1-50 of 70) houdini: the career of ehrich weiss (paperback) by kenneth silverman (shelved 5 times as houdini) avg rating 409 — 333 ratings — published 1996 want to read saving harry houdini : young magician (paperback) by.
Citation: escape the story of the great houdini, by sid fleischman greenwillow, 2006 224p biography summary: in this fresh, witty biography, author sid fleischman, a former professional magician himself, paints a portrait of the great houdini with an insider’s point of view. Houdini the career of ehrich weiss american self-liberator, europe's eclipsing sensation, world's handcuff king & prison breaker-nothing on earth can hold houdini a prisoner a new book by kenneth silverman (bravo the great aka dick brookz), well known magician and a director of the houdini museum. Ehrich weiss as a young man ehrich loved the members of the traveling circuses that would come through town he was a natural born performer who was drawn to the illusionists more than anyone else.
Get this from a library the great houdini [monica kulling anne reas] -- describes how the young hungarian immigrant ehrich weiss worked to become the great magician, harry houdini. Eric weiss was a field agent at the cia he is a friend of most of the people at the cia and often gives advice to the other characters, as an outside observer to all of the personal goings-on at the cia. Magician, actor, and stage personality harry houdini — the great houdini — was the greatest escape artist of all time he often said, no prison can hold me no hand or leg irons or steel locks can shackle me. Harry houdini's grand illusions and daring, spectacular escape acts made him one of the most famous magicians of all time born erich weisz on march 24, 1874, in budapest, hungary, young harry.
Houdini was born erik weisz, but his name was altered to ehrich weiss after his family emigrated from hungary to wisconsin when he was 4 years old. As a platform name, ehrich weiss became harry houdini by adding a ìiî to the last name of his beloved idol, french magician robert houdin harry is simply an americanized variant of his nickname, ehrie. Harry houdini (1874 - 1926), considered one of the greatest illusionists in history, was a hungarian-born american magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor, and film producer noted for his sensational escape acts he was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena.