Talk:Harry Houdini

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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)

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)

Semi-protected edit request on 8 January 2015[edit]

"HOUDINI GRAVE SITE" SECTION

Wiki Article Reference Link 73 http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/31/houdinis-final-trick-a-tidy-grave/?_r=0

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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." (73)

THIS GIVES FALSE IMPRESSION OF ABANDONMENT BY SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MAGICIANS AND SHOULD BE CHANGED TO THE FOLLOWING

The payment of upkeep was abandoned by the society's dean George Schindler, who said “Houdini paid for perpetual care, but there’s nobody at the cemetery to provide it,” adding that the operator of the cemetery, David Jacobson, “sends us a bill for upkeep every year but we never pay it because he never provides any care.” The Society tidies the grave themselves.

FionnTheas (talk) 22:16, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done  B E C K Y S A Y L E 00:07, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Houdini and Martin Beck Met in St. Paul, not in Woodstock.[edit]

Regarding the third paragraph of the "Magic career" section of this article, Houdini did not meet Martin Beck in Woodstock, Illinois. Where did this erroneous information come from? To my knowledge, not one credible Houdini author or other researcher denies that Houdini met Beck in St. Paul, MN, where Houdini was performing at Palm Garden. How could Wikipedia editors overlook this? The person who wrote this part of the article didn't even cite where he or she got the information. Why? Because, unless the editor has access to information that every major Houdini biographer, past and present, somehow missed, it's not true. If I edit the article to correct the misinformation, and use sources, will I be shut down by any of the editors overseeing this page?

Here are a couple of credible quotes/sources right off the bat (from the two most recent major biographies), but there are many more:

"An escaped con with a hankering to shed his bracelets wasn't the only big fish that Houdini reeled in during that engagement in St. Paul. One night a party of theater managers came to see his show. One of them was Martin Beck, the powerful impresario who ran the Orpheum vaudeville circuit, ... Beck, who was based in Chicago, had probably read about Houdini's escape from Rohan's cuffs. Now he wanted to see the magician do it firsthand. He returned the next night with three sets of cuffs that he'd purchased. Houdini defeated them all." [1]

"The reversal began at a St. Paul, Minnesota, beer hall, the Palm garden—one of the earlier contracts Harry meant to fulfill as he considered retiring. A party of sightseeing theater managers dropped in. One of them, Martin Beck, challenged him to escape some handcuffs ..." [2]

Houdinimuseum (talk) 21:46, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^ The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, by William Kalush and Larry Sloman, p. 80
  2. ^ Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss, by Kenneth Silverman, p. 22