Cherchez la femme! – An interesting detail about Houdini’s stage name.
Take a walk around the neighborhood of the Weisz family in the 7th district of Budapest!
Let’s find out what was happening on March 24, 1874, from Pesti Napló, the Pest daily newspaper. Who would have thought that this otherwise ordinary day would become famous for the birth of a little boy named Erik Weisz?
On a page of The Houdini Birth Research Committee’s Report an interesting name appears: Rodolfo. Who is this mysterious man? We now introduce Rodolfo and his connections to Houdini.
In 1932, six years after Houdini’s death, the German-language newspaper Magie published the first known reference to Houdini’s Hungarian origin. The original article and an English translation are published on the following pages.
One should not be surprised that the Editor repeated the same false information.