How did Harry Houdini get his stage name?

 How did Harry Houdini get his stage name?

Harry Houdini was born Eric Weiss, but that name would not do justice to his magical ambitions. The origin of “Harry” was simple — he’d been called “Ehrie” as a kid, so he just Americanized the old nickname. “Houdini” was a tribute to one of the pioneers of modern magic, Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin. Robert-Houdin was a watchmaker who opened his own magic theater in 1845. He is widely credited with being the first to perform in black tie rather than fancy gowns, thus making magic a little more mainstream.

Oddly enough, Houdini turned against his magical namesake write a book called later in life The unmasking of Robert-Houdin in which he criticized Robert-Houdin for stealing other magicians’ tricks.

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