Category Archives: Biographies

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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Happy 142nd, Harry

By Tom Interval Newborn Erik Weisz (Americanized Ehrich Weiss), who would later generate fame, fortune, and folklore as Harry Houdini, escaped his mother’s womb in Budapest on this day in 1874. For those who don’t know much about the man, calling … Continue reading

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“Nearly Dying for a Living”

By Tom Interval History’s Houdini two-part miniseries, which aired in the United States on Sept. 1 and 2, introduces a younger generation to one of the most enduring Houdini myths of all time: the legendary escapologist and illusionist almost drowning under an … Continue reading

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