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.
Harry Houdini gets Googled: Celebrating the great magician's 137th birthday
- 'Manhattan Love Story' canceled by ABC
- 'Ouija' is Friday's No. 1 movie: $8.3M
- Jack Bruce, bassist for Cream, dies at 71
- Rainn Wilson's Vine series: Curtis Lepore out
- 'Constantine' off to modest start in ratings
- Ewan McGregor vs. 'Star Wars' faux fans
- 'Honey Boo Boo' canceled by TLC
- Billy Boyd song for next 'Hobbit' end-credits
- 'Thrones': 86,000 answer call for 600 extras
- 'Project Runway' winner: 'It's just sinking in'