Harry Houdini gets Googled: Celebrating the great magician's 137th birthday

On March 24, 1874, a boy named Erik Weisz was born in Budapest. That little boy would go on to become one of the great celebrities of the early 20th century: An escapist, a magician, and all-around master-of-illusions who went by the stage name Harry Houdini. Today, Google celebrates the magician’s birthday with a snappy new logo that looks like an old-timey ticket to a magic show. In a twist worthy of the great illusionist himself, this celebration comes just one day after the death of Dorothy Young, Houdini’s last surviving stage assistant. Since there are currently two Houdini biopics in the works – one with I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence attached, the other to be based on the biography The Secret Life of Houdini — we may be witnessing the dawn of a Houdini Renaissance. So happy 137th birthday, Erik Weisz: Your best tricks may still ahead of you. Sorry, sorry, illusions. We all know what a trick is.

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  • tracy bluth

    GOB: “No Michael, it’s not one of my tricks.”
    Narrator: “On the next ‘Arrested Development’…”
    GOB: “It’s one of my ILLUSIONS!”

  • jims

    Yeah, like the guy in the $3000 suit is gonna celebrate Houdini’s birthday…. c’mon!!

  • sam

    The Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA is worth going to at least once.

    • Thomas


      I did not know there was a Houdini museum in PA. Thanks. The only one I knew about was up by Niagra Falls.

    • Mr. Holloway

      And why was this museum not brought up in the “Lazy Scranton” rap from “The Office”?

  • Katja

    Bless you and also curse you for sending me on a 15-minute Arrested Development youtube clip bender.

    • tracy bluth

      Exactly. Watching that clip lead my to watch the entire episode.

  • Smiles

    thank for the AD. that is exactly what i thought of and one of my favorite clips ever from that show.

  • NewYorkMagicianDomino

    That is good to know that there is a Houdini museum in PA. Being that I’m a New York Magician, I definitely go check out Houdini museum. We need to keep the magic alive!! The art of magic is so much fun!

  • Human Chorionic Gonadatropin

    Thanks for posting this . I have been looking for something like this . Great information I will be back for any info in regards to HCG .

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