Harry Houdini, known initially as Erik Weisz, was born in Budapest, Hungary on March 24, 1874. He later rose to be a great illusionist and known stunt performer that made many recognize him for his extraordinary escape acts. With the enormous wealth he acquired (Harry Houdini net worth of $500 thousand dollars), Harry Houdini was able to carry on with his magic acts until his death in October 1926.
He first came in limelight as “Harry Handcuff Houdini” during his visit to Europe where he dared police forces to have him handcuffed. As much as many could regard his stage magic tricks were not real, Houdini had taken himself as the tormentor of fake magicians and spiritualists. Throughout his life, Harry’s celebrity net worth came from taxes, management fees, investment gains or losses and many other as verified by different sources.
In his magical tricks, Harry used assorted items including; chains, ropes hung from skyscrapers and Straightjackets. He could also hold his breath for extraordinarily long periods. Among his greatest performances, was in 1904 when thousands stood watching him trying to make an escape from special handcuffs commissioned from London’s Daily Mirror. The event took about an hour, keeping the whole crowd in suspense and great amazement. On another creepy episode of his stunt, people saw him claw his way to the surface after being buried alive.
Houdini later becamethePresident of the Society of American Magicians. The association upheld proficient standards and uncovered the fraudulent artists. It had strict rules that sued anybody who embraced piracy acts. As, an actor, Houdini made lots of movies but soon withdrew from the industry as it was not generating him enough money he expected. Before majoring in his escape acts, Harry had used card tricks in several acts that included; the Milk Can Escape, Chinese Water Torture Cell, and a suspended straight jacket escape. Later, he concentrated on debunking methods and psychics.
Harry Houdini’s Career in Movie
In his career, Harry featured in six films and had his seven books published. Also, there has been ten biographical films made about his incredible acts. His interest in aviation made him feel more ambitious of being the first Australian to fly a plane. One of his significant achievements was on October 31, 1975; Harry when he received The Walk on The Frame star award. However, his career did not last long, at the age of 52 on October 31, 1926, Harry Houdini passed on, leaving her wife, Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner.
At the time of death, Harry Houdini Net worth was $500,000 which is equal to $6,743,910. in 2017.