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Harry Houdini

Fecha de nacimiento: 24. Marzo 1874
Fecha de muerte: 31. Octubre 1926

Harry Houdini , de nombre verdadero Erik Weisz , fue un ilusionista y escapista húngaro.

„Disloyalty in trusted servants is one of the most disheartening things that can happen to a public performer.“

—  Harry Houdini

Miracle Mongers and Their Methods (1920) http://books.google.com/books?id=l0u-YrUcJeMC
Contexto: Disloyalty in trusted servants is one of the most disheartening things that can happen to a public performer. But it must not be thought that I say this out of personal experience: for in the many years that I have been before the public my secret methods have been steadily shielded by the strict integrity of my assistants, most of whom have been with me for years. Only one man ever betrayed my confidence, and that only in a minor matter. But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistant to secrecy, honor and allegiance under a notarial oath.

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„I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place some one is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death.“

—  Harry Houdini

As quoted in The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini‎ (1993) by Ruth Brandon, p. 153
Contexto: I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place some one is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death. That's what attracts us to the man who paints the flagstaff on the tall building, or to the 'human fly' who scales the walls of the same building.

„I'm tired of fighting, Dash. I guess this thing is going to get me.“

—  Harry Houdini

Last words, to his brother Theo, in Grace Hospital of Detroit, Michigan (30 October 1926), quoted in Houdini, The Man Who Walked Through Walls (1959) by William Lindsay Gresham, p. 286, and in Final Séance : The Strange Friendship between Houdini and Conan Doyle (2001) by Massimo Polidoro, p. 204

„Rosabelle — answer — tell — pray, answer — look — tell — answer, answer — tell.“

—  Harry Houdini

The secret message http://www.magictricks.com/houdini/seancehistory.htm devised with his wife to test spiritualist séances should he or she die. In their secret stage-code it spells out the word: "BELIEVE". Quoted in Death and the Magician : The Mystery of Houdini (1981) by Raymund Fitzsimons, p. 166

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