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Meet Amazing Americans Athletes & Entertainers Harry Houdini
Ehrich Weiss wearing track team medals, 1890.
Ehrich Weiss wearing track team medals in 1890

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Houdini as a Young Man
As an adult performer, Harry Houdini was known for his great physical strength and flexibility. As a young man, when his name was still Ehrich Weiss, he won several competitive medals as a member of the Pastime Athletic Club track team in New York. Weiss worked hard to build up his physical stamina. He knew he would need it if he wanted to perform on the vaudeville stage. Have you worked at developing any special skill?
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