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Semi-protected edit request on 19 August 2014[edit]

Mirror challenge[edit]

Please make the specified alteration to the accusations of cheating within the Mirror challenge. The referenced text states that witnesses confirmed that Bess did not enter the stage, not even to provide a glass of water (This was provided by the venue's manager). This was one of the deciding escapes of Houdini's career, and claims of deceit have since been dispelled. Many thanks, great article otherwise!

P.S. I do apologize if I have not fulfilled the required formatting standards of an edit request. I hope it is sufficient.


It is believed that in her mouth was the key to unlock the special handcuffs. However, it has since been suggested that Bess did not in fact enter the stage at all, and that this theory is unlikely due to the size of the 6-inch key [1] . Houdini then went back behind the curtain. After an hour and ten minutes, Houdini emerged free. As he was paraded on the shoulders of the cheering crowd, he broke down and wept. Houdini later said it was the most difficult escape of his career. — Preceding unsigned comment added by RichardHarrison13 (talkcontribs)

  1. ^ The Secret Life of Houdini, Kaulush & Sloman, 2006
Yes check.svg Done (note that I don't agree nor disagree with this edit; I'm just implementing it due to no comments) Stickee (talk) 03:03, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
Page # customary to validate citation. Cheers. Grahamboat (talk) 04:26, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 27 August 2014[edit]

Changes have been made by "The Society of American Magicians" concerning the care and maintenance of the Harry Houdini Gravesite at Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, Long Island, New York. On November 9, 2013, at the National Council Meeting held in Boca Raton, FL, "The Society of American Magicians" voted to take over financing the care and maintenance of the Houdini Gravesite. The National Council is now in the process of assessing what needs to be done to restore the Gravesite to its original 1926 condition. The Society hopes to begin work by the spring of 2015, with an estimated completion date of the fall of 2017. Houdini served as The National President of "The Society of American Magicians" from 1917 until his death in 1926 and was responsible for creating a large number of local Assemblies across the United States.

submitted by David W. Bowers National President Elect The Society of American Magicians

— Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.54.86.92 (talk)

Can you supply a source for this please? Change the "answered" back to "no" when you reply. Stickee (talk) 03:05, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Band Reference[edit]

Does an article of a person with a level of cultural significance really warrant a link under the headline to a page about a very minor music release using his name? Surely you could pack other wiki entries with that kind of thing. A reference like that surely belongs in disambiguations? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.85.200.115 (talk) 00:46, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 00:51, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 24 September 2014[edit]

In the section "Death", the fourth paragraph, final sentence reads "This theory poses that Houdini may of thus not realized that his stomach pains were coming from appendicitis and did not realize the medical seriousness of the situation." This is ungrammatical and clumsy, and contains the superfluous modifier "thus". Suggest rewriting to "This theory states that Houdini may not have realized that his stomach pains were symptomatic of appendicitis, and could not appreciate the potentially critical effect of the blows to his abdomen." 12.233.147.42 (talk) 01:43, 25 September 2014 (UTC) [EDIT] The preceding sentence to the above, "One possible theory poses that Houdini was already suffering from appendicitis however wasn't aware of it," also requires an edit. "Possible" is completely unnecessary here, as is the oft-confusing "however". Suggest rewriting to "One theory suggests that Houdini was unaware that he was suffering from appendicitis." 12.233.147.42 (talk) 01:51, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

I've reworded it slightly to avoid repetition of "theory", but taken your suggestions. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 16:52, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 4 October 2014[edit]

In the "Houdini grave site" section there is a typo. In the third paragraph it says "now card for". It should say "now cared for". Sjps999 (talk) 07:24, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Cannolis (talk) 08:50, 4 October 2014 (UTC)


Semi-protected edit request on 15 October 2014[edit]

In the "Debunking spiritualists" section, it refers to Houdini's book 'A Magician Among the Spirits'. This contains a link to an album with the same name, rather than anything connected with the book, so it seems like the link should be removed. 90.195.152.221 (talk) 22:26, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Stickee (talk) 02:22, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Houdini gravesite[edit]

original:

For a time, the Society of American Magicians took responsibility for the upkeep of the site, as Houdini had willed a large sum of money to the organization he had grown from one club to its present-day 5,000-6,000 dues-paying membership worldwide. This upkeep was abandoned by the society's dean George Schindler, who said "the operator of the cemetery, David Jacobson, sends us a bill for upkeep every year but we never pay it."[68]

Machpelah Cemetery operator Jacobson said, "The Society of American Magicians never paid the cemetery for any restoration of the Houdini family plot in my tenure since 1988," claiming that the money came from the cemetery's dwindling funds. The granite monuments of Houdini's sister, Gladys, and brother, Leopold, are missing.[69]

The Houdini grave site is now cared for by the Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania.[67]

update:

For a time, The Society of American Magicians took responsibility for the upkeep of the site. Houdini had willed a large sum of money to the organization that he helped grow from one club to its present-day 5,000-6,000 dues-paying membership worldwide.

The Houdini gravesite was then cared for by the Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania.[67]

In November 2013, The Society of American Magicians formed a committee for the restoration of the Houdini gravesite with National President-Elect David Bowers as its chairman. The organization will pay the cemetery annually to maintain the site. Restoration of the glass mosaic, exedra, and other pieces will begin in spring 2015 with completion by 2017.

Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). The Society of American Magicians, National Council Meeting Minutes November 9, 2013

David W Bowers (talk) 18:52, 6 October 2014 (UTC) David Bowers This will also be verified by forthcoming articles in the NY Daily News and the Queens Chronicle. — Preceding unsigned comment added by David W Bowers (talkcontribs) 18:56, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 16 November 2014[edit]

Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz in Budapest, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to hold his breath inside a sealed milk can.

In 1904 , thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror, keeping them in suspense for an hour.

HE CAME BACK FROM THE DEATH??' 173.33.187.99 (talk) 01:05, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done It is unclear what change you are requesting. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 01:09, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Perhaps the reader got their dates confused? The year 1904 falls twenty-two years before 1926, so Houdini would have been 100% alive during his handcuff-related escapades. ŞůṜīΣĻ¹98¹Speak 01:38, 16 November 2014 (UTC)