The life and many deaths of Harry Houdini

by Brandon, Ruth.

Publisher: Random House in New York

Written in English
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  • United States

Subjects:

  • Houdini, Harry, 1874-1926,
  • Magicians -- United States -- Biography,
  • Escape artists -- United States -- Biography

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [339]-343) and index.

StatementRuth Brandon.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsGV1545.H8 B73 1994
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 355 p., [24] p. of plates :
Number of Pages355
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1080584M
ISBN 100679424377
LC Control Number94004080

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  This is a short biography of Harry Houdini that I put together to go along with a performance that I gave on Harry Houdini's Birthday last year. This is in no way a complete biography of his life.

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Ruth Brandon is a prominent historian, biographer, and novelist. Her widely acclaimed books include Other People’s Daughters: The Life and Times of the Governess; The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini; Surreal Lives: The Surrealists –; and Being Divine: A Biography of Sarah Bernhardt.

The life and many deaths of Harry Houdini. [Ruth Brandon] -- Gives an account of the life and experiences of magician Harry Houdini. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. Some features of WorldCat will not be available. Quick Facts Name Harry Houdini Birth Date Ma Death Date Octo Place of Birth Budapest, Hungary Place of Death Detroit, Michigan AKABorn:   The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is a remarkable journey into the heart of Houdini World.” —John Cox, founder of “Wild About Harry” website “As wise in its insights as it is thorough in its research, The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is more than just a terrific Houdini biography.

It is also a book about how we create and Brand: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster. The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is a remarkable journey into the heart of Houdini World."-John Cox, founder of "Wild About Harry" website "As wise in its insights as it is thorough in its research, The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is more than just a terrific Houdini biography.

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However, it is believed that Harry Houdini was born Ehrich Weisz on Main Budapest, Hungary. His mother, Cecilia Weisz (neé Author: Shelly Schwartz.

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Atria Books. Henry C. Houdini and the Supernatural. In the s, after the death of his mother, Houdini began focusing his energy on debunking psychics and mediums. Although he eventually focused on proving these people to be fakes, his initial entry into the world of the supernatural began when he.

Harry Houdini was born on Ma in Budpest, Hungary, with the name of Ehrich Weisz. He was one of six children and the son of Rabbi Mayer Weisz and his second wife, Cecilia Steiner.

InMayer Weisz immigrated to the United States with the dream of a better life. Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski enters the world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans in an immersive, entertaining, and magical work on the illusionist’s impact on American culture—and why his legacy endures to this a century after Harry Houdini died on Halloween inhe feels as modern and alive as ever.

Handcuff King. Escape Artist. International his death eighty-eight years ago, Harry Houdini’s life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and bestselling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth.

Drawing from millions of pages of research, they describe in vivid 4/5(18).Harry Houdini is perhaps the most famous magician of all time. Born Erich Weiss in Hungary inhe moved to the United States and changed his name to Harry Houdini after Robert-Houdin.

Best known for his amazing escape acts and his obsession with spiritualism .Last fall, 70 years after the death of Harry Houdini, the Library of Congress released a home page devoted to the legendary magician as part of its American Memory online collections.

Here, more than high-resolution graphics and documents, derived from primary source materials in multiple Library collections, chronicle an extraordinary life.