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Harry Houdini

Source: Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library - USA


Harry Houdini (1874-1926) Magician and escape artist. b. April 6, 1874 in Appleton, Wis., the son of Rabbi Mayer S. Weiss. He took his stage name from the great French prestidigitator, Robert Houdini, and later had it legalized. He began as a trapeze performer in 1882, and made several tours of the world, performing before many rulers and notables. He was the inventor of a diving suit. In 1910 he was awarded a prize by the Australian Aeronautic League for being the first successful flier in Australia. He is the author of The Right Way to Do Wrong; Unmasking of Robert Houdini; Miracle Mongers; Paper Prestidigitation; Rope Ties and Escapes; A Magician Among the Spir- its. He was a member of St. Cecile Lodge No. 568, New York City, receiving his degrees July 17, 31, and Aug. 21, 1923; became a life member Oct. 30, 1923. Member of Mecca