19 Fascinating Harry Houdini Facts You’ve Never Heard Before

Published March 24, 2016
Updated January 12, 2018

These Harry Houdini facts reveal that this master illusionist's life was even more exciting and mysterious than you imagined.

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19 Fascinating Harry Houdini Facts You’ve Never Heard Before
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Nearly a century after his death, the name Harry Houdini still conjures images of mystery and intrigue. Tens of thousands would gather to watch the grand illusionist escape from straitjackets while suspended from cranes, escape from sealed cans filled with water, and escape from the earth itself after being buried alive. But while many knew his work, did any of us know the man?

The astounding Harry Houdini facts and photos above prove that his life was even more mysterious and intriguing than you ever imagined.

Enjoy these Harry Houdini facts? Next, check out what you may not have known about Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus these incredible PT Barnum facts and optical illusions that'll fool you every time.

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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