Harry Houdini

1874 – 1926   Escape Artist, Magician, Stunt Performer

Born in Hungary as Erik Weisz (‘Houdini’ was a stage name), he moved to the USA as a boy. Pursuing a career as a magician, Houdini soon became the world’s leading escape artist; he packed theatres for decades with his performances. As an example, he was lowered head-first into a milk container full of water which was then padlocked from the outside. As another, he was nailed into a lead-weighted box and lowered into the ocean (he surfaced in 57 seconds, leaving the box still secured).  He was also a prolific author. He served as President for the Society of American Magicians for some years and led with considerable success a public effort to debunk psychic and medium scams. Houdini’s name remains a household word to this day.

St. Cecile Lodge No. 568, New York

Quote    

“My chief task has been to conquer fear. The public sees only the thrill of the accomplished trick; they have no conception of the tortuous preliminary self-training that was necessary to conquer fear.”