Category Archives: Parents

Legends and Lore Persist in Houdini Miniseries

By Tom Interval It’s the dead of winter. Thousands of gawking spectators flood a bridge spanning the frozen river below. The crowd braves the bone-splitting cold for only one reason: to see a man die. Of course, they might not … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Houdini!

By Tom Interval On March 24, 1874—140 years ago today—legendary escape artist and magician Harry Houdini escaped from his mother’s womb in Budapest, Hungary. Born as Erik Weisz in a room at Rákosárok utca 1. sz. (a street now known … Continue reading

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Cecilia Steiner Weiss (June 16, 1841–July 17, 1913)

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Happy Father’s Day!

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day in memory of Houdini’s mom, Cecelia Steiner Weiss (1841–1913), and Bessie Houdini’s mom, Balbina Biegel Rahner (1849-1938).

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Houdini Grave Aerial Map

By Tom Interval Here’s an aerial map of the Houdini gravesite in Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, New York (see below; click to enlarge). It’s based on my visit to the site around 1990. Notice Leopold’s and Gladys’s headstones (Houdini’s brother … Continue reading

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