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Abby Small

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Transcript of Houdini

Born by the name Erik Weisz in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, on March 24, 1874
Son of Rabbi Mayer Sámuel Weisz and Cecília Weisz
One of seven children
Early Life
Moved to Appleton, Wisconsin in 1878
Made his public début as a 9-year-old trapeze artist, calling himself "Ehrich, the Prince of the Air".
Champion cross country runner
Magic Career
Began his magic career in 1891 and had little success at first
He started off doing card tricks and performing in dime museums and sideshows
Later, he began to attempt escape acts
Manager, Martin Beck, who was impressed by Houdini's handcuffs act, advised Houdini to focus on escape acts.
His manager would book him on the Orpheum vaudeville circuit where his fame would grow tremendously.
Harry Houdini
Houdini was injured very badly letting a man punch him repeatedly in the abdomen for which he was known for doing frequently.
The night that Houdini received his eventually fatal blows, he refused to not perform. He unable to stand for many of his last performances but he never missed a show.
He died on October 31, 1926, in the hospital from acute appendicitis, reportedly caused by the vicious punches.
Famous Stunts
Mirror challenge
Milk can escape
Chinese water torture cell
Suspended straitjacket escape
Overboard box escape
Buried alive stunt
Abigail Small
C Block
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