This Hungarian-born magician and escapologist is perhaps the most famous magician in history. In 1878, he immigrated to Appleton, Wisconsin with his Jewish parents and seven siblings. At age 12, Houdini left home in search of work and traveled for two years on his own, making his way from Wisconsin to Missouri and settling finally in New York City. He lived in tents and on the streets, in shelters and in makeshift quarters. Finally, Houdini got his big break in 1899, where he met his manager w"