Houdini vs. Copperfield

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Brandon Basher
Mr. George
Senior Composition
3 October 2011
Houdini vs. Copperfield
Have you ever wondered what kind a person would want to be a magician? There are two famous magicians that pretty much everyone knows. One of them is Harry Houdini who is the most renowned magician known to date ("HOUDINI: Harry Houdini Biography Houdini Magic"). Houdini had a father that was a Rabbi and six siblings. The other magician is would be David Copperfield, who is the most successful magicians that we know of and he made the Statue of Liberty disappear ("Top 10 Greatest Modern Magic Tricks"). Harry Houdini and David Copperfield are both magicians that have several similarities and differences.

Harry Houdini was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary as Ehrich Weiss. His parents were Mayer Samuel Weiss and Cecilia Steiner Weiss. His father was the Rabbi for the German Zion Jewish Congregation in Appleton, Wisconsin for a short time and he died while Houdini was young. Harry Houdini had six siblings in total. Harry Houdini married Wilhelmina Beatrice (Bess) Rahner, approximately two weeks after meeting her on June of 1894 on Coney Island, New York, while he was performing with his brother Theodore for a short time as the Houdini Brothers ("HOUDINI: Harry Houdini Biography Houdini Magic"). She was a fellow performer, performing with a dance team called The Floral Sisters. Houdini started performing magic professionally only at the age of seventeen.

David Copperfield, on the other hand, was born on September 16, 1956 in Metuchen, New Jersey. His father was Hyman Kotkin and his mother was Rebecca Kotkin. Unlike Harry Houdini, David Copperfield was an only child. Like Houdini, David Copperfield started doing magic at a young age; only he started when he was about twelve years old. About four years after he started doing magic, he was teaching a course in magic at New York University. Copperfield was engaged to Claudia Schiffer for about six...
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