Timeline Description: Harry Houdini was a world famous magician and escape artist. His shows brought excitement and thrills, and people everywhere loved him. This is a timeline of his life.
|March 24, 1874||Harry Houdini is born
Harry was born as Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary.
|1878||Ehrich's family moves to America
Ehrich's family moved to Wisconsin to be with family there.
|1883||Ehrich puts on his first show
When he was 9 years old, Ehrich put on his first show. It was a circus, and he called himself the Prince of the Air.
|1891||Ehrich changes his name
Ehrich moved with his father to New York and he started doing magic shows with a friend. He started calling himself Harry Houdini.
|1893||The Houdini Brothers perform in their first big show
Harry had joined up with a friend, and they called themselves the Brothers Houdini. Their first big show was in Chicago.
|1893||The Brothers Houdini changes names
Harry's friend stopped performing, and he was eventually replaced with a girl named Bess. Bess and Harry were married, and the show was called "The Houdinis".
|1895||The Houdinis gain some fame
The Houdini's first famous trick was one where they traded places inside a locked trunk. Harry also did tricks escaping from handcuffs.
|1898||Harry Houdini's school of magic
Harry had a catalogue made up to mail out for Harry Houdini's school of magic. He was frustrated with the business and considered quitting.
|1899||Houdini catches his first big break
Houdini's show was seen by a theater manager who asked Harry to start working for him. Houdini began work in the theater and soon everyone was coming to see him.
|1900||Houdini travels to Europe
Houdini travelled to England and then Germany, doing all of his tricks. He became famous overseas.
|1904||Houdini escapes from master handcuffs
A blacksmith in England had taken 5 years to make an escape-proof set of handcuffs. It took Houdini 1 hour to break free.
|1906||Houdini breaks out of prison
Harry Houdini was locked in a Washington D.C. prison cell, but he escaped easily.
|1907||Houdini jumps off a bridge
Houdini allowed himself to be handcuffed and chained, and then he jumped off a bridge. When he escaped and came up for air, the crowds celebrated.
|1918||Houdini begins his movie career
Houdini acted in a movie called The Master Mystery, and later he started his own production company.
|1926||Harry Houdini dies
Harry died in Detroit after a show, from complication of appendicitis. The world mourned for their favorite magician, but his thrilling acts are still used and remembered today.