Harry Houdini

The world's most famous magician mastered the art of escape.

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The Legacy of Harry Houdini

Despite his label as the world's most famous magician, Houdini spent much of his later life disproving magic and supernatural phenomena. In the summer of 1926, Houdini testified before the U.S. Congress against spiritualists and mediums who professed to talk to the dead. 

Each year on the anniversary of his death, a group of magicians hold a secular memorial service for Houdini and mark his yartzeit. Rabbi Noach Dally, member of the Magic Fraternity, said,"In 1976 We added el maleh rahahim to the service as well as a broken wand service, a ritual performed to symbolize the passing of a fellow magician."

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Matthue Roth

Matthue Roth created Jewniverse. He also co-created G-dcast, the animated Torah film series. His most recent book is My First Kafka, a picture book for children. He's also the author of the memoir Yom Kippur a Go-Go and three novels. He lives in Brooklyn with his family, and he keeps a secret diary at www.matthue.com.