Houdini: Is it true that he. . .

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Postby Shackles » 05/03/10 10:13 AM

Hello. I'm new to the forums here. I've been a lurker for a while, but decided to sign up because I have a few (Houdini) questions. I hope that's alright. Any who.

Is it true that he;

- Drank (alcohol)?*

- Had multiple affairs?**

- Only slept for four hours a night?

Those are the only few that popped to the top of my head right now, but if I have any more, I suppose I'll add to it later.

* I've read that he neither smoked or drank, but someone I spoke to was pretty convinced that he "loved the drink and women".

** Two separate sites listed two different names of women. Maybe they were the same..? I dunno.

Thanks for taking the time to view this, if you do, and any help answering these questions is very much appreciated! (:
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 05/03/10 10:15 AM

Have a read of the Kalush biography.
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Postby Shackles » 05/03/10 10:28 AM

I am unable to get my hands on it right now. ):
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Postby JohnCox » 05/03/10 10:42 AM

I don't believe Houdini drank (Bessie drank, yes she did). As he got older he did smoke a cigar from time to time. Maybe he took a drink as well. But he was not a "drinker."

Yes, it appears Houdini had an affair or two. One for certain (Charmian London). Maybe Daisy White (long whispered). But he was no Tiger Woods.

Don't know about the sleeping. I think I've read that. But it sounds a little like Houdini super-man myth-making. Possible though.

As far as biographies go, I'd recommend Ken Silverman's Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss over the Kalush book.
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Postby Shackles » 05/03/10 03:07 PM

Ah, thanks for the response. Glad to hear what I read was true. Bess smoked as well, didn't she? It's weird how things work out. He was so healthy, yet she out lived him.

Oh, I see. Didn't he 'disown' a brother for something similar that went against their religion? I'm not sure, but I know he wasn't buried with the rest of the family.

I'll definitely try to get my hands on any biographies that my parents will permit me to order.. I'm dying to know more about Houdini, especially the more personal details.. But I'm sure it's hard to find things like that, especially with his fame and all.

Again, I appreciate any and all responses! Thanks for taking the time to reply to this awkward, young Houdini fan. (:
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Postby Bill Mullins » 05/03/10 03:48 PM

zencat wrote: But he was no Tiger Woods.
Yeah, but if he'd have opened up his stance just a little. . . .
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Postby Shackles » 05/05/10 04:55 PM

Ha ha, very funny. :P

Say, I've seen a bit of footage of Houdini from several sites, and I own the Kino dvd set, but I'd like to know; Is there any more (rare) footage of him somewhere online? I can list what I've seen, if that helps. D: Thanks!
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Postby JohnCox » 05/05/10 04:58 PM

Just search YouTube Shackles. Just about everything that is viewable is there. The Kino set is fabulous.
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Postby Shackles » 05/05/10 05:46 PM

Oh. I usually just come across the same clips every time. Some are very low quality, and yet, I've seen bits and pieces of the same video (on other sites) that are nearly crystal clear.
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