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Houdini: Is it true that he. . .

Postby Shackles » May 3rd, 2010, 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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Re: Houdini: Is it true that he. . .

Postby Jonathan Townsend » May 3rd, 2010, 10:15 am

Have a read of the Kalush biography.
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Re: Houdini: Is it true that he. . .

Postby Shackles » May 3rd, 2010, 10:28 am

I am unable to get my hands on it right now. ):
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Re: Houdini: Is it true that he. . .

Postby JohnCox » May 3rd, 2010, 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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Re: Houdini: Is it true that he. . .

Postby Shackles » May 3rd, 2010, 3:07 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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Re: Houdini: Is it true that he. . .

Postby Bill Mullins » May 3rd, 2010, 3:48 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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Re: Houdini: Is it true that he. . .

Postby Shackles » May 5th, 2010, 4:55 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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Re: Houdini: Is it true that he. . .

Postby JohnCox » May 5th, 2010, 4:58 pm

Just search YouTube Shackles. Just about everything that is viewable is there. The Kino set is fabulous.
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Re: Houdini: Is it true that he. . .

Postby Shackles » May 5th, 2010, 5:46 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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