- HarryErich Weiss, 1874–1926, U.S. magician.
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Examples from the Web for houdini
Get a Piece of Houdini Before He Disappears By Nina Strochlic A death-defying magical box.The Best of the Beast, Aug 25-31: High Schools, Houdini and Hip-Hop Jihadists
The Daily Beast
August 30, 2014
Even a century after his heyday, Houdini has maintained the same mystique he enjoyed while living.
The auction comes at a particularly zeitgeisty moment for Houdini.
Vaudeville was dead, Houdini was dead—he was off the radar.
He distinctly remembers a new magic store that was literally giving away Houdini artifacts to get people in the door.
He defied locks and bolts and dungeons like Houdini, the kid said.Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Houdini consented, and deposited the 25 with the editor of the Daily Star.
He supposed then that Houdini was an escaping fellow-prisoner.
The gaoler hand only secured it when Houdini presented himself.
Houdini stepped to the footlights and held up his hand for silence.
- Harry, real name Ehrich Weiss. 1874–1926, US magician and escapologist
Word Origin and History for houdini
"escape artist or other ingenious person," 1923, from Harry Houdini, professional name of U.S. escapist Erich Weiss (1874-1926).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper