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Meet Amazing Americans Athletes & Entertainers Harry Houdini
Postcard from Ehrich Weiss to his mother, 1886.'
The postcard Ehrich Weiss wrote to his mother in 1886

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Houdini as a Young Man
In addition to working on his physical strength, Houdini also worked on his mental strength. Weiss ran away from home when he was just 12 years old in order to earn money and seek adventure on his own. Weiss lost his father at an early age. He maintained a very close relationship with his mother, Cecilia Steiner Weiss, throughout her life. This is a postcard he sent to his mom in 1886. He signed it from "Your truant son, Erich Weiss." Because he left home at such a young age, it was important for Houdini to be able to rely on himself. How do you think this helped him in his career?
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