Harry Houdini

Events

Born

March 24, 1874

Budapest, Hungary

Weiss family move to Wisconsin

1878

Appleton, Wisconsin

Moves to New York

1887

Starts calling himself Harry Houdini and starts the act "The Brothers Houdini"

1891

Teams up with a friend from work named Jacob Hyman to start the "Brothers Houdini"

Gets married

June 22, 1894

Marries Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner also known as Bess

Discovered by Theater manager Martin Beck

1899

Houdinis big break. Houdini starts to become a recognizable name.

Known as the King of Handcuffs

1900

Wins "Mirror" handcuff challenge

March 17, 1904

Houdini escapes a pair of handcuffs that it took a blacksmith 5 years to make at the London Hippodrome in an hour.

Starts milk can escape trick

1908

First man to fly in Australia

March 18, 1910

Flight lasted 3 1/2 minutes

First underwater box escape

July 7, 1912

First Chinese Water Torture Cell escape

September 1912

Houdini's mother dies

July 17, 1913

First motion picture "The Master Mystery"

1918

"houdinize" added to Funk and Wagnalls dictionary

1920

"to release or extricate oneself from, as by wriggling out."

Exposes medium Margery as a fraud

1925

Testifies before House and Senate subcommittees

1926

Houdini testified on a bill that would prosecute anyone who pretends to be a fortune teller for money or rewards

Dies

October 31, 1926

Died from an infection caused by a ruptured appendix from being punched 10 days earlier.