Harry Houdini’s (then Ehrich Weisz) first credited performance took place on October 28th, 1883 when he was nine years old. His family had recently immigrated to the United States from Hungary and were struggling to make ends meet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It wasn’t until he ran away from home when he was twelve did Houdini seriously start training as a musician in New York City. He became a self-proclaimed professional when he was 17 years old doing magic shows around New York City and on Coney Island.
After marrying a teenaged singer and performer named Beatrice Raymond, the married couple sailed to England where he got a job performing for a London theater. His engagement only lasted for one week… but after escaping from chains in Scotland Yard, his engagement was lengthened indefinitely. From there he became an international superstar with his many amazing tricks he would perform for his public. With hardly any failures, he continued to rise to international stardom until his untimely death in 1926 due to complications from injuries sustained while performing. Another superstar of the early 1900’s, Harry Houdini is regarded as the most magnificent magician to have walked this earth due to his incredible tricks involving nearly impossible odds of survival.