Harry Houdini

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Noun1.Harry Houdini - United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or padlocked containers (1874-1926)Harry Houdini - United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or padlocked containers (1874-1926)
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In this documentary, the first in a new series of Perspectives, Davies goes on the trail of the man born Erich Weiss to see what drove him to perform his death-defying stunts, and just how he became one of the most successful entertainers in the world.
Harry Houdini, aka Erich Weiss born in Budapest, seems to have enjoyed his performances in the Scranton area.
Rivaling Barnum and Bailey as a showman, Erich Weiss (Houdini's birth name) modeled himself on the famous French magician, Robert Houdin.