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* He appears in ''Series/MurdouchMysteries'' being framed as a suspect for a bank robbery and homicide.

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* He appears in ''Series/MurdouchMysteries'' ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' being framed as a suspect for a bank robbery and homicide.



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* He appears in ''Series/MurdouchMysteries'' being framed as a suspect for a bank robbery and homicide.


Houdini had some interest in the supernatural, but was disgusted to find the only ones available were frauds. As a result, Houdini dedicated himself to debunking claims of the paranormal by infiltrating seances to expose the fakery and showing how the fakers did it on stage. All the while, Houdini dearly hoped to find the real thing in this crusade and even arranged a secret signal that he would try to use after he died. After his death, his wife would regularly do seances trying to contact him until she gave up in 1936, saying "Ten years is enough for any man."

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Houdini had some interest in the supernatural, but was disgusted to find the only ones available were frauds. As a result, Houdini dedicated himself to debunking claims of the paranormal by infiltrating seances to expose the fakery and showing how the fakers did it on stage. It cost him his friendship with believer Sir Creator/ArthurConanDoyle who was seriously convinced that Houdini actually had paranormal powers and nothing Houdini could say or do would change that in his eyes. All the while, Houdini dearly hoped to find the real thing in this crusade and even arranged a secret signal that he would try to use after he died. After his death, his wife would regularly do seances trying to contact him until she gave up in 1936, saying "Ten years is enough for any man."


* In ''The Great Houdinis'' (1976) MadeForTVMovie, he was portrayed by Paul Micheal Glaser.

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* In ''The Great Houdinis'' ''Film/TheGreatHoudinis'' (1976) MadeForTVMovie, he was portrayed by Paul Micheal Glaser.


* One death on ''Series/1000WaysToDie'' covered his eventual death.

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* One death on ''Series/1000WaysToDie'' ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' covered his eventual death.



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* One death on ''Series/1000WaysToDie'' covered his eventual death.


* ''The Master Mystery'' Octagon Films (1918), playing Quentin Locke.

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* ''The Master Mystery'' ''Film/TheMasterMystery'' Octagon Films (1918), playing Quentin Locke.



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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' has an offhanded remark by Chiron saying Houdini once went down to the Underworld, had himself chained, and escaped to tell the tale. Whether he could pull this off due to being a halfblood (demigod) or he was just a normal mortal who happened to be able to see through the Mist, the reality-distorting field maintaining TheMasquerade, is not said.

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* He was featured in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/XavierRiddleAndTheSecretMuseum''.


* Spanish neoclassical metal band ''Dark Moor'' have "Houdini's Great Escapade" as a song on their album ''Beyond the Sea''.

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* Spanish neoclassical metal band ''Dark Moor'' have "Houdini's Great Escapade" as a song on their album ''Beyond the Sea''.Sea''.

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* ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' pits him against fellow magician David Copperfield.

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The preeminent StageMagician of his time and the greatest EscapeArtist of ''all'' time, Harry Houdini (who based his stage name on the French magician, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin) was one of the great entertainers in {{Vaudeville}} and became one of the highest paid in the industry. He also accepted dares to see if he could escape various police jail cells, secure transports and personal restraints, and usually did, and sometimes while nude to "prove" he wasn't carrying tools.[[note]]In reality, he was often [[StomachOfHolding hiding them in the back of his throat]], and could cough them up at any time.[[/note]]

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The preeminent StageMagician of his time and the greatest EscapeArtist of ''all'' time, Harry Houdini (who based his stage name on the French magician, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin) was one of the great entertainers in {{Vaudeville}} and became one of the highest paid in the industry. He also accepted dares to see if he could escape various police jail cells, secure transports and personal restraints, and usually did, and sometimes while nude to "prove" he wasn't carrying tools.[[note]]In reality, he was often [[StomachOfHolding hiding them in the back of his throat]], and could cough them up at any time.[[/note]]
[[/note]] Authorities noted that they were very lucky he never decided to turn his talents to crime, as it would be impossible to keep him imprisoned.


* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] has name-dropped Houdini more than once; he thus appears several times over across the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.

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* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] has name-dropped Houdini more than once; he thus appears several times over across the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.
show's [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse expanded universe]].


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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' - The TV show only alludes to the Doctor having met Houdini (and picked up some EscapeArtist tricks from him.) He appears several times over in the ExpandedUniverse.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' - [[Series/DoctorWho The TV show only alludes to the Doctor having met Doctor]] has name-dropped Houdini (and picked up some EscapeArtist tricks from him.) He more than once; he thus appears several times over in across the ExpandedUniverse.
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* He appears in the backstory of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' as part of a DreamTeam of historical adventurers, alongside the likes of Annie Oakley, Wong Kei-ying and Nikola Tesla.

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* He appears in the backstory of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' as part of a DreamTeam of historical adventurers, alongside the likes of Annie Oakley, Wong Kei-ying and Nikola Tesla.


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* He appears in the backstory of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' as part of a DreamTeam of historical adventurers, alongside the likes of Annie Oakley, Wong Kei-ying and Nikola Tesla.

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* He appears in the backstory of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' as part of a DreamTeam of historical adventurers, alongside the likes of Annie Oakley, Wong Kei-ying and Nikola Tesla.

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