Top 10 Harry Houdini Quotes

Harry Houdini(March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926), born Erik Weisz, was a magician and escape artist. Some of his most famous tricks include the Chinese Water Torture Cell and Milk Can Escape.

Here are Harry Houdini’s top ten greatest quotes:


No prison can hold me; no hand or leg irons or steel locks can shackle me. No ropes or chains can keep me from my freedom.

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What the eyes sees, the ear hears, and the mind believes.

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My brain is the key that sets me free.



Never try to fool children, they expect nothing, and therefore see everything.

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The pickpocket is usually very well dressed and of prepossessing appearance.

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A magician is only an actor – an actor pretending to be a magician.

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An old trick well done is far better than a new trick with no effect.

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The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.


No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.


Never tell the audience how good you are, they will soon find out for themselves.

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Thank you Harry Houdini!

Interesting Harry Houdini Facts:

  • He started out as a trapeze artist.
  • He was an aviator and was one of the first to fly a plane in Australia.
  • His father was a rabbi.

What are some of your favorite quotes?


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