Erik Weisz aka "Harry Houdini"
Houdini was born on March 24, 1874 Budapest, Hungary
During childhood Houdini was near homelessness. He decided to do acts and charge people to see him do different things like trapeze. This was a good way to earn money for his family. Around the age 15 he decided to run away from his family to lessen the burden of his family.
Houdini's magic carreer
Houdini started his magic carreer in 1891. He was not successful at first. He started with sideshows and did card tricks. Later on he started Escape acts. In 1893 while performing with his brother Dash (Theodore) he met a fellow performer, Beatrice "Bess" Rahner. Beatrice later got married to Houdini and they were known as "The Houdinis"
Houdini died on October 31, 1926. He died from peritonitis, secondary to a ruptured appendix. His death was caused by a McGill University student, Gordon Whitehead, who delivered a suprise attack of multiple blows to the abdomen.