Houdini

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Ehrich became fascinated with the idea of magic when he was eight years old after his father took him to see a show performed by Dr. Lyan who was a traveling magician. By the age of twelve Ehrich ran away from home and traveled with circuses and side shows, using two show names "Ehrich the Prince of the Air" and "Eric the Great" (geocities.com). After a year of traveling Houdini now thirteen reu[...]
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Ehrich became fascinated with the idea of magic when he was eight years old after his father took him to see a show performed by Dr. Lyan who was a traveling magician. By the age of twelve Ehrich ran away from home and traveled with circuses and side shows, using two show names "Ehrich the Prince of the Air" and "Eric the Great" (geocities.com). After a year of traveling Houdini now thirteen reunited with his parents in New York. While in New York Ehrich read the autobiography of a Frenchman named Jean Robert-Houdin who was a magician and Harry Houdini was born, legally changing his name after establishing himself as an international icon while in Great Britain.

Houdini and Beatrice Rahner were married in 1894. Bess Houdini traveled with her husband and became an assistant in his act. There were no children to follow in their father's footsteps and keep his name alive, but his wife did a very good job. For sixteen years after Houdini's untimely death Bess paid a publicist to keep his name alive (geocities.com). Houdini spent a few years in the United States making a name for himself and then in 1900 he left for England. During his stay in England Houdini became the highest paid entertainer in Europe. At $2,000 a week he was making $112,000 a year, an incredibly high salary for 1900.

Harry stayed in Europe for five years enjoying his money and coming up with new mind boggling stunts and tricks (geocities.com). While he was there he learned how to fly a plane, and devised one of his most famous stunts. Houdini was to be locked naked and shackled into a cell in the Sheffield Prison in England. His clothes were locked into another cell, and he was to attempt an escape. Within five minutes Houdini emerged fully clothed from the prison to greet the amazed crowd. It was tricks like these that kept the crowds coming to see what feat Houdini would perform next.

In 1906 Houdini returned to the United States and a fresh crowd, for all of his new tricks. He performed his incredible jailbreak in a Washington DC jail, but as an added bonus he switched eight of the prisoners around the cells of the jail and only took twenty minutes to do it. In the same year he went to Boston to perform the same jailbreak routine. This time while everyone waited for Houdini to appear the phone to the Superintendent's office rang, within twenty minutes Houdini had left the prison and called the office from a nearby theater.
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