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Harry Houdini 1920's

About how Harry Houdini influenced the 1920's.

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on 16 April 2010

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Who was Harry Houdini? Harry Houdini was a master escape artist. His birth name was Ehrich Weiss. At age 8 he performed on a trapeze hung from a tree while wearing red sicks. He billed himself as “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air.”He left home at the age of 12 to by hopping on a freight train that took him to Kansas city. When did he start performing? Harry Houdini started performing when he was 17. In 1900 he went to England with no bookings and only enough money to survive, by 1905 he was an international celebrity. He was known for magic tricks, exposing frauds, illusions and most of all his ability to always escape. How did he influence the 1920s? Houdini often said that, "My mind,
is the key that sets me free." Houdini
would often expose fraudulent mediums.
Houdini changed peoples view on magic
and escape. Not only did he change magic
and escape for the 1920s but he did changed it for everyone in history.
He made people think differently, and he put them in awe. He exposed fraud
which made mediums clearly less popular. Houdini died on October 31, 1926. Reports of his death showed that
the man of mystery could never be reduced to fact or captured forever
by linear text. He left behind individuals committed to the perpetuation
of his memory. Houdini would now perform through the imagination
and technologies of the future. He left us a legacy, a legend, and a
challenge to continue great escapes. Houdinis Death Fun Facts About Houdini Houdini was the first recorded person to fly in Austrailia.
He was actually born in Budapest, Hungary, although his family moved to the USA when he was very young. However, he did claim in later years to have been born in Appleton, Wisconsin.
His wife, Bess, was also a performer, and after they were married, she worked as his stage assistant for the rest of his performing career.
Houdini was an avid aviator, and was the first person to achieve a controlled, powered flight over Australia, in 1910, in his own Voisin biplane.
He made a few movies, including The Man From Beyond (1921), although they were far from successful.
His exposures of spiritualists cost him his friendship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the famous Sherlock Homes stories.
He died on Halloween 1926 at age 52.

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