David Merlini founder of The House of Houdini & Joe M. Turner International President of the IBM
(International Brotherhood of Magicians)
The Greatest Escape Artist of all time was born in Budapest on the 24th of March in 1874, in the Terézváros district of the city, as Erik Weisz, according to his Birth Certificate. The family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, USA when Erik was only four-years-old. Despite his very young age, Erik started to sell newspapers and work as a shoe shine boy. After watching the performance of a travelling magician, named Dr. Lynn, in Appleton, Erik became interested in magic.
Leaving home aged 12, in the hope of a better life and to support his family, Erik, (his name later evolved to Ehric, then Harry), arrived in New York, where he landed a job as a tie cutter. It is believed that during this period he had his first real encounter with magic literature, when he read the autobiography of Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, a French magician considered to be the first pioneer of modern day magic.
As a sign of respect to Robert Houdin, Harry adds an "i" to Houdin, and starts to perform with his work colleague and fellow tie cutter Jacob Hyman as "The Houdini Brothers". Houdini's blood brother Theo later replaces Hyman in the act.
In 1893, whilst performing in Coney Island, Harry met Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner (Bess), who performed at the same venue with her group, The Floral Girls.
Bess becomes Houdini's assistant, and one year later they marry. In the following years, the name Houdini becomes a household name, a metaphor for freedom and mystery.
Houdini dies on the 31st of October 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. Almost 100 years later, his star continues to shine around the world, brighter than ever.
Located at 11 Dísz Square, within the walls of the Buda Castle, The House of Houdini is just steps away from the Royal Palace, and the (St.) Matthias Church, on the Buda side of the Danube River.
Part of UNESCO World Heritage, the Buda Castle and its historical buildings date back to the 13th Century. The sturdy walls are ingrained with secret stories and mysticism.
Harry Houdini was born in Budapest in 1874, in the Terézváros district of the city, in a building which no longer exists. The House of Houdini wishes to present a unique tribute to the legendary artist, in a location that we hope Harry Houdini would enjoy.
For more historical facts on Houdini's birthplace and the progress of our latest research, you are kindly invited to visit our Research Unit.
The House of Houdini is open from Monday till Sunday, from 10 am till 7 pm.
Once you enter the green gate of 11 Dísz Square, you will immediately notice some unusual items on display... The Chinese Water Torture Cell is an original prop from the "Houdini" miniseries and holds 52 roses for the memory of Harry Houdini.
Tickets start at 4.5 euros for children under 11, and are priced at 6.5 euros for adults. Family tickets are also available. Prices include local taxes. Online tickets available by clicking on Tickets menu.
You are welcome to enter The House anytime during opening hours, but admission to The Collection starts every 30 minutes, once you solve the Entrance Arcane.
In fact, entrance to the magic area is possible only after successfully decoding the secret message on your entrance ticket. If you fail to decode it, the secret passage will not appear, and we will refund your ticket. However our staff will be happy to provide some hints...
Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Museum operates on the ground floor of 11 Dísz Square, in a limited amount of space. It is strongly advisable to book your ticket in advance. If you are attending a special event, please keep in mind that no casual or inappropriate attire will be allowed. Coat and tie are required.
Thank you for considering The House of Houdini in Budapest for your next trip. Please check availability using the calendar, and select the ticket that suits you best. Many discount types are available for children and families. By booking online you can reserve your tickets for up to one month in advance. We are open 7 days a week from 10 am till 7 pm.
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Meet the most talented magicians in town. We will enchant you with our magical art and superb conjuring skills at the Orpheum of The House. Prepare yourself to be amazed on a journey in time, at The House of Houdini.
David Merlini is a renowned escape artist and a seasoned producer with more than 20 years’ experience.
Touring the globe with his unique form of escapology, introducing a new style of grand escapes, breaking world records, not only with his feats of endurance but also with his TV ratings.
Merlini is an avid collector of antique magic items related to Houdini and wishes to present a tribute to the legendary artist with The House of Houdini.
John Gaughan is a legendary figure of international magic; he is an inventor and builder of the most exclusive magic apparatus and is an antique magic item collector. John Gaughan is the inventor and patents holder of some of the most innovative illusions ever conceived such as the flying illusion of David Copperfield.
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