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huˈdi nihou·di·ni

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Houdini, Harry Houdini, Erik Weisznoun

    United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or padlocked containers (1874-1926)


  1. Houdininoun

    An escape artist.

  2. Houdiniverb

    to appear, vanish, or escape a difficult situation quickly.

    Clyde Houdinied himself into the room.

  3. Houdininoun

    The magician and escape artist Harry Houdini.

  4. Etymology: Invented by Harry Houdini from the French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin


  1. houdini

    Harry Houdini (, born Erik Weisz; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-American escape artist, magic man, and stunt performer, noted for his escape acts. His pseudonym is a reference to his spiritual master, French magician Robert-Houdin (1805–1871). He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the United States and then as "Harry 'Handcuff' Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it. In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror, keeping them in suspense for an hour. Another stunt saw him buried alive and only just able to claw himself to the surface, emerging in a state of near-breakdown. While many suspected that these escapes were faked, Houdini presented himself as the scourge of fake spiritualists. As President of the Society of American Magicians, he was keen to uphold professional standards and expose fraudulent artists. He was also quick to sue anyone who imitated his escape stunts. Houdini made several movies but quit acting when it failed to bring in money. He was also a keen aviator and aimed to become the first man to fly a powered aircraft in Australia.


  1. houdini

    Houdini generally refers to a stage name or nickname popularly associated with the renowned illusionist, escape artist, and magician Harry Houdini. It has come to represent someone who is skilled at performing daring escapes or getting out of difficult situations by using clever and deceptive techniques.


  1. Houdini

    Houdini is the fifth album by American sludge metal band Melvins, released in 1993 on Atlantic Records. The album was the band's major label debut after releasing their previous albums on the independent label Boner Records. The album features a cover of the 1974 KISS song "Goin' Blind". The songs "Hooch" and "Honey Bucket" were released as singles with accompanying music videos. "Night Goat" is a re-recording of a song the band had released as a single in 1992. Kurt Cobain is given co-production credit alongside the Melvins on six tracks as well as credit for guitar on the song "Sky Pup" and percussion on the song "Spread Eagle Beagle". Speaking to Kerrang! in 2008, King Buzzo remembered: In 2005 the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series, as well as at San Miguel Primavera Sound in 2007. Another live performance of the album was released as A Live History of Gluttony and Lust in 2006. Though the album's liner notes list Lorax as the band's bassist, she does not appear to have played on the album at all. Says Osborne: "This album is mostly just me and Dale Crover. Either I played bass or he did on almost all of it regardless of what the credits say…"

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Houdini in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Houdini in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Houdini in a Sentence

  1. Swordfish:

    Gabriel Have you ever heard of Harry Houdini Well he wasn't like today's magicians who are only interested in television ratings. He was an artist. He could make an elephant disappear in the middle of a theater filled with people, and do you know how he did that Misdirection.

  2. Hugh Doyle:

    We couldn't figure out how Ba Van Nguyen did it ; he was a Houdini.

  3. Hugh Doyle:

    We couldn't figure out how he did it; he was a Houdini.

  4. David Wright:

    It's a concern. I think this is at the research stage, we have seen a 'Houdini' disappearance of market makers in general.

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