New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1874 - 1926
The magician lived here from 1904 to 1926, collecting illusions, theatrical memorabilia, and books on psychic phenomena and magic.
Famous for daring escapes, no restraints-ropes, chains, straitjackets, bank vaults, or jail cells-could hold him.
Erected by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the New York, New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions series list.
Location. 40° 48.131′ N, 73° 57.374′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 113th Street near Frederick Douglass Boulevard, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 278 West 113th Street, New York NY 10026, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick Douglass (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); A. Philip Randolph Square (approx. ¼ mile away); Carl Schurz Monument West Side Movers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oscar J. Hijuelos (approx. 0.4 miles away); Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); New York City Defenses During the War of 1812 (approx. half a mile away); Columbia University Midshipmen's Training (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The marker is at the top of the landing of a gated brownstone, and so is only visible from a distance.
Also see . . . The Great Harry Houdini. Harry Houdini was born on March 24, 1874 in Budpest, Hungary, with the name of Ehrich Weisz. He was one of six children and the son of Rabbi Mayer Weisz and his second wife, Cecilia Steiner. In 1876, Mayer Weisz immigrated to the United States with the dream of a better life. He found work as a rabbi and changed his last name to Weiss. In 1876, the remainder of the family joined him in the United States.... (Submitted on October 6, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.