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Budapest Museum Lifts Lid on Houdini's Magic, Hungarian Roots

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Even almost 100 years after his death, the name Harry Houdini is synonymous with escapology, but less is known about his first great escape — how he left his Hungarian home as a child for a new life in the United States. The House of Houdini, a museum in Budapest's historic Castle district, seeks to shed light on the illusionist's roots with a display of memorabilia and a research team tracking down documents about his life. "He was, of course, the greatest escape artist...

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