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Houdini

1874 - 1926

 
 
Houdini Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
1. Houdini Marker
Inscription.
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.
 
Location. 40° 48.131′ N, 73° 57.374′ W. Marker is in New York City, 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A. Philip Randolph Square (approx. mile away); Carl Schurz Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); 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); A View From the Road (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York City.
 
More about this marker.
Houdini Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
2. Houdini Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here at the top of the landing.
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.) 
 
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<i>Harry Houdini with his wife Beatrice and mother Cecilia Steiner Weiss, half-length portrait</i> image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, 1907
3. Harry Houdini with his wife Beatrice and mother Cecilia Steiner Weiss, half-length portrait
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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