What was Harry Houdini’s real name?


Erik Weisz

Harry Houdini, original name Erik Weisz. Born on 24 March 1874, Budapest, Hungary.

One can ask Why did Erik Weisz change his name?. Weiss incorrectly believed that an i at the end of a name meant “like” in French.

In later life, Houdini claimed that the first part of his new name, Harry, was an homage to American magician Harry Kellar, whom he also admired, though it was likely adapted from “Ehri”, a nickname for “Ehrich”, which is how he was known to his family.

Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American escape artist, illusionist, and stunt performer, noted for his escape acts. His pseudonym is a reference to his spiritual master, French magician Robert-Houdin (1805–1871).


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