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Houdini honored with U.S. Postal stamp
NYP2002070304 - NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- Marie Blood, niece of Harry Houdini, and Illusionist David Copperfield pose in front of a mockup of the U.S. Postal department's new stamp honoring the late illusionist Harry Houdini. Houdini is the first magican to be honored by the Postal Stamp service. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer noted for his sensational escape acts. He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena.

Harry Houdini was born as Erik Weisz (he later spelled his birth name as Ehrich Weiss) in Budapest, Hungary, on March 24, 1874. From 1907 on, however, Houdini would claim in interviews to have been born in Appleton, Wisconsin, on April 6, 1874.

His parents were Rabbi Mayer Samuel Weiss (1829–1892) and his wife, Cecelia (née Steiner; 1841–1913). Houdini was one of seven children: Herman M. (1863–1885); Nathan J. (1870–1927); Gottfried William (1872–1925); Theodore "Theo" (1876–1945); Leopold D. (1879–1962); and Gladys Carrie (born 1882 – unknown year of death).

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