How did Harry Houdini die & where?


Answer by Thurl F. on Oct 19 2008

Harry Houdini died of peritonitis secondary to a ruptured appendix. A student punched him in the stomache before harry was prepared for it and his appendix was bleeding for like a week and it went untreated.

See I even looked it up for you! =D

Harry Houdini died of peritonitis secondary to a ruptured appendix. It has been speculated that Houdini was killed by a McGill University student, J. Gordon Whitehead, in Montreal. Houdini died of a ruptured appendix, caused by Whitehead delivering multiple blows to Houdini's abdomen.

The eyewitnesses were students named Jacques Price and Sam Smilovitz (sometimes called Jack Price and Sam Smiley). Their accounts generally agreed. The following is according to Price's description of events. Houdini was reclining on his couch after his performance, having an art student sketch him. When Whitehead came in and asked if it was true that Houdini could take any blow to the stomach, Houdini replied in the affirmative. In this instance, he was hit three times, before Houdini protested. Whitehead reportedly continued hitting Houdini several times afterwards, and Houdini acted as though he were in some pain. Price recounted that Houdini stated that if he had had time to prepare himself properly, he would have been in a better position to take the blows.[27] Although in serious pain, Houdini nonetheless continued to travel without seeking medical attention. Harry had apparently been suffering from appendicitis for several days and refusing medical treatment. His appendix would likely have burst on its own without the trauma.[28]

When Houdini arrived at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan, on October 24, 1926, for what would be his last performance, he had a fever of 104 degrees F (40°C). Despite a diagnosis of acute appendicitis, Houdini took the stage. He was reported to have passed out during the show, but was revived and continued. Afterwards, he was hospitalized at Detroit's Grace Hospital.[29] Houdini died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix at 1:26 p.m. in Room 401 on October 31 (Halloween), 1926, at the age of 52.

After taking statements from Price and Smilovitz, Houdini's insurance company concluded that the death was due to the dressing-room incident and paid double indemnity.[27]

Who was Harry Houdini? And what did he do for a living?

Harry Houdini was a magician. Houdini was born in March 24, 1874. He was known for being an escape artist. Houdini did a bunch of (one too many) handcuff escapes so he decided to do a straightjacket escape. He did his first one in front of a crowd. A lot of people did not know how it was done. In 1910 a book Houdini wrote he described how he did it. Houdini did a lot of escapes like the milk can, escaping rope, and handcuffs. Houdini did magic for a living. He had a collection of cards, gimmicks, ETC. Harry Houdini died October 31, 1926 and his collection of magic were gaven to a magic collector Sidney H. Radner. In 2004 Radner auctioned them and most of it went to DAVID COPPERFEILD.

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did harry houdini every die?

i am doing a project on harry houdini. while looking him up i saw this thing in youtube that he is the master of escapes and that he actually lived until the 1960's. i am really creeping out. please answer my question. please (wanted to let y'all know that he "died" halloween night in 1926)

Houdini did actually die on October 31, 1926 of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix. Treatments existed at the time but he had not sought medical attention prior to his last performance on October 24.

There are two problems with the "faked his own death" theory. The first is logistical- he would have had to fool not only the public but the medical staff and family at the hospital, not to mention the 2000 mourners who viewed his body. The second is motivation- WHY would a man who lived to be in the public eye fake his own death, and why would he do it in such a manner? Did the greatest showman and daredevil of his generation really want to be remembered as the guy who died of appendicitis?

In short: there is plenty of evidence that Houdini died in 1926, there is little to no evidence that he didn't.

How did Harry Houdini die?

I was reading a book and it mentioned something about his death and in another book it said something entirely different.

Houdini died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix on Halloween, October 31, 1926, at the age of 52. Houdini had sustained a blow to his abdomen from McGill University boxing student J. Gordon Whitehead in Montreal two weeks earlier. A long-standing part of Houdini's act was to ask a member of the audience to punch him in the abdomen in order to demonstrate but Houdini was reclining on his couch after his performance, in this instance, and was struck several times, without the opportunity to prepare himself for the blows. Despite popular belief the appendicitis and not the blow was the cause of his death -- although the pain inflicted by the blows may have 'masked' the pain of the appendicitis, preventing the performer from seeking treatment.

Houdini's funeral was held on November 4 in New York, with over two thousand mourners in attendance. He was interred in the Machpelah Cemetery, Queens, New York, with the crest of the Society of American Magicians inscribed on his grave site. The Society holds their "Broken Wand" ceremony at the grave site on the anniversary of his death to this day

Wasn't there a magic trick in History where someone tried to escape a tank of water hand-cuffed, but died?

It wasn't like some random person, It was a really famous magician, I just can't remember. Also, what was Houdini's last trick, the infamous one?

The poularized version and the person Harry Houdini are one in the same, however it was not the TRICK that killed him, it was a ruptured appendix.

Do you think Harry Potter will die in the next Harry Potter book?

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hopefully. I hate Harr y Potter

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