Category Archives: Parents

Blogcast #2: The Houdini Grave

By Tom Interval Blogcast #2: The Houdini Grave is now live on YouTube. I discuss my 1990 visit to Houdini’s gravesite in Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, New York. Advertisements

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Blogcast #1: Harry Houdini’s Dad Fired for Not Speaking English?

By Tom Interval Last June I wrote an article asserting that Harry Houdini’s father, Rabbi Mayer Samuel Weiss, was not fired by his congregation simply because he couldn’t speak English. I’ve decided to make that blog the first in a … Continue reading

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Rabbi Weiss’s Farewell Sermon

By Tom Interval When Rev. Dr. Mayer Samuel Weiss arrived in the United States in 1876, doubt likely plagued his mind. At 47, he wasn’t a young man anymore, but he wanted to create a better life for his family … Continue reading

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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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