Harry Houdini

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Ehrich Weiss (Harry Houdini) is born

1874

born to Rabbi Weiss and his wife Cecelia on March 24 in Budapest, Hungary.

At age nine, Ehrich and some neighborhood friends make a five-cent circus.

1883

Wearing red woolen stockings, he bills himself as "Ehrich, The Prince of the Air."

Rabbi Weiss dies on October 5 at the age of 63.

1892

"The King of Handcuffs" sets sail for England

1900

Houdini makes a splash with his escape from the Washington, D.C. jail

1906

Houdini makes the first "real" flight on the continent of Australia

1910

In September, Houdini debuts his famous Chinese Water Torture Cell escape

1912

Houdini legally changes his name from Ehrich Weiss to Harry Houdini.

1913

Houdini dies in Detroit on Halloween,

1926