Eric Weisz, more famously known as Harry Houdini, was born in Budapest on this day, in 1874.
Famous for his illusion and escape acts, Houdini started off his magic career in 1891 with traditional card tricks.
Houdini truly made a name for himself with his daringly sensational escape acts, which he was encouraged to perfect in 1899. As Houdini's popularity grew, his escape acts became increasingly dangerous. Failure meant death, which greatly thrilled his public.
In the 1920s, Houdini also began dedicating his time to debunking spiritualists. His crusade to expose psychics (which he successfully carried out) inspired other magicians to follow suit. || "What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes."