Article Media. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Harry Houdini American magician. Start Your Free Trial Today. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. After a considerable slump…. The Three Keatons specialized in knockabout acrobatics, with Joe…. As a result, Vernon achieved worldwide fame as the Man Who Fooled Houdini, billing himself as such for nearly 20 years. History at your fingertips. Houdini continued his act in the United States in the early s, constantly upping the ante from handcuffs and straightjackets to locked, water-filled tanks and nailed packing crates.
He was able to escape because of both his uncanny strength and his equally uncanny ability to pick locks. In , his act reached its pinnacle, the Chinese Water Torture Cell, which would be the hallmark of his career. In it, Houdini was suspended by his feet and lowered upside-down in a locked glass cabinet filled with water, requiring him to hold his breath for more than three minutes to escape.
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The performance was so daring and such a crowd-pleaser that it remained in his act until his death in Houdini's wealth allowed him to indulge in other passions, such as aviation and film. He purchased his first plane in and set out to become the first person to man a controlled power flight over Australia in Colin Defries, who made a short flight in December As president of the Society of American Magicians, Houdini was a vigorous campaigner against fraudulent psychic mediums.
Most notably, he debunked renowned medium Mina Crandon, better known as Margery.
1. He named himself after another magician.
This act turned him against former friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , who believed deeply in spiritualism and Margery's sight. Before her death, Bess Houdini declared the experiment a failure. Though there are mixed reports as to the cause of Houdini's death, it is certain that he suffered from acute appendicitis. Whether his demise was caused by a McGill University student who was testing his will by punching him in the stomach with permission or by poison from a band of angry Spiritualists is unknown. What is known is that he died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix on October 31, , at the age of 52, in Detroit, Michigan.
Apr 30, Allison rated it it was ok. This was very informational. Jan 17, Julie Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction-reading-to-learn , picture-books. I loved the illustrations and what the author chose to tell. The vivid picture of the punch that killed him was a brilliant move. Sep 13, Concetta Kellough rated it it was amazing. Great pictures and interesting facts. Mar 01, Ryan Hong rated it really liked it Shelves: library , biography , history. What is the book mostly about? Harry Houdini's life as a magician. Which is not a fact from the story?
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Harry Houdini is an absolute prodigy of all times. What happened after he got punched? He suffered appendicitis. Some people in World War I liked Houdini because Houdini performed magic for them. What is one difference between Houdini and Bess? Houdini is a magician and Bess is not a magician. Predict what will happen if Bess didn't join Houdinis' funeral. Bess might not like her husband. Accordi What is the book mostly about? According to the story, what does the word "ducked" mean? Once Houdini died there were less shows. Which is an opinion from the book? Harry Houdini is the sweetest men.
What is the authors purpose for writing page 26? Do not do an experiment on hurting people. The phrase "Prince of the Air" means that What could never happen? Harry Houdini begins to fly over the magic theater.
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May 03, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: childrens-nonfiction-picture-books. We all know Harry Houdini as the greatest escape artist ever, but he didn't start out that way. This children's biography hits all the important points, showing us key events in his life, as well as introducing us to the type of person he was. From a young age, Ehrich took up performing as a job, and showed interest in magic.
Once his career took off, he impressed ever larger audiences with his daredevil's courage, creating ever more impressive scenario's, also wherever he went he would request We all know Harry Houdini as the greatest escape artist ever, but he didn't start out that way. Once his career took off, he impressed ever larger audiences with his daredevil's courage, creating ever more impressive scenario's, also wherever he went he would request that police confine him, but they never could create a lock that could hold him. This larger than life figure had more human qualities though for he had a bad habit of not taking care of himself.
Each of these beautifully painted illustrations is a snapshot of Houdini's life and the performances he did. It is impossible to capture the tension of his escape acts, but the artist does have a flair for dramatic shots. Additional sources are listed in the back. Apr 11, Rebecca Boliard rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s-lit. The story begins with a well known act of the famous Harry Houdini, then it takes us back. The story introduces Harry as Ehrich Weisz, which I did not know was his born given name.
The story unfolds his childhood and how he was introduced to magic. This book includes specific dates and accurate accounts. The illustrations are really great and tie into the words so nicely. I would use this book in my classroom if I were covering a specific unit, magic, or Houdini himself. I would also use this as an example of a biography to my students.
This book is really accurate and contains A LOT of information for a picture book. The back also has MORE important dates, which is useful for teachers. Overall I give Mr. Houdini four locked barrels out of five.
Dec 03, Diana Judd added it. This is a biography of Harry Houdini, one of the world's greatest magicians. I really loved this book.
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The pictures were great- bright but not obnoxious colors, realistic drawings, good emotions portrayed on people's faces. It is a really visually appealing book. And it's not boring, like some biographies tend to be. I honestly expected this book to just kind of be a list of facts about Houdini, because that's how Adler's other books are, but instead it was told more like a story. There was di This is a biography of Harry Houdini, one of the world's greatest magicians.
There was dialogue and it was just told in an exciting way. I found myself laughing, and gasping, and learning all kinds of things that I didn't know about Houdini. All in all, a really interesting read, and a great book. May 23, Alicia Evans rated it really liked it Shelves: type-non-fiction , format-picture-book , age-children , genre-memoir-biography.
This book is a beautifully illustrated non-ficiton account of Harry Houdini's life. I don't know much about Houdini so I'm not sure how accurate or how many imperitive details appear in the text, but it was engaging and provided key fact for a child hoping to learn a bit or write a report.