Harry Houdini 137th Birthday Google Logo

Mar 24, 2011 • 8:05 am | comments (57) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos
 

Harry Houdini 137th Birthday Google Doodle

Today is Harry Houdini, the legendary magician and escape artist's, 137th birthday. He was born on March 24, 1874 and died on October 31, 1926 at the aged 52. He was born Budapest, Austria-Hungary with the given name of Erik Weisz and died in Detroit, Michigan.

Google decided to remember this legend with a special Google Doodle on most, if not, all Google home pages today. The logo is copied above and it shows off a representation of Houdini being handcuffed before he escapes.

He made his fame in America for his magical acts, most notably the art of escaping impossible situations. But like many successful Americans, he then joined the movie business and starred, directed and produced films.

Some of his notable escape acts include:

  • Mirror handcuff challenge
  • Milk Can Escape
  • Chinese Water Torture Cell
  • Suspended straitjacket escape
  • Overboard box escape
  • Buried Alive stunt

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Comments:

TechMazer

03/24/2011 12:16 pm

I think Google Panda is the new Harry Houdini for the moment. Latest update made a lot of sites move from 1st or 2nd position to nowhere from one day to another :) and nobody can say why. I think THAT'S REAL MAGIC

Barry Schwartz

03/24/2011 12:36 pm

Funny TechMazer. :)

J3dm

03/24/2011 12:40 pm

Once again, 137 years, no significance. Harry Houdini? Still nothing for Ronald Reagan, the best president this country has ever seen. But the extreme left wil never concur nor be responsible for condoning anything the right has ever done.

Elise_Soper

03/24/2011 12:49 pm

love that man even though i never met him his magic will live on

Purpleboy

03/24/2011 12:51 pm

meow

Asdsdfasd

03/24/2011 12:52 pm

Good idea but it doesn't look like him. You should have used a better picture.

Elise

03/24/2011 12:52 pm

that makes no sence

J.A.C.

03/24/2011 12:53 pm

happy b-day dude

Triaxon

03/24/2011 12:53 pm

changed history more than most know, too bad it's so secret.

Elise

03/24/2011 12:54 pm

lol i agree

Brenda

03/24/2011 12:54 pm

Yes, I like it. However, I think there are a lot of people and historical events that are more deserving and which are ignored by Google.

bulldog21

03/24/2011 12:54 pm

get a life

Daedalus1951

03/24/2011 12:55 pm

I take it you are a Republican? Have you ever heard of Abraham Lincoln? Newsweek recently published an article entitled "How Dumb Are We?". I suggest you read it.

Darklingchild

03/24/2011 12:55 pm

The logo isn't bad but the grammar and general misuse of wording isn't great.

redk7

03/24/2011 12:55 pm

Ronald Regan's wife Nancy ran the white house while he was sick, how do I know I worked for him from 85 to 88

Jfdhfjjk

03/24/2011 12:55 pm

awesome

Elise

03/24/2011 12:56 pm

like who

Gary

03/24/2011 01:02 pm

Neither does your spelling.

Re-minder

03/24/2011 01:03 pm

Best President? the US had 1 trillion in debt when he started, he'd triple that by the time he left office. Let's not forget that he valued education so much he introduced taxing on financial aid for higher education, or that he classified ketchup as a vegetable so he could decrease funding on school lunches.

Sarahsingh34

03/24/2011 01:03 pm

I bet hes still alive

Gary

03/24/2011 01:03 pm

Please use punctuation next time. Thanks!

Angratcliff

03/24/2011 01:05 pm

ha ha lol

BOO

03/24/2011 01:06 pm

you guys are all wierd and need to get a life

Elise

03/24/2011 01:07 pm

We all have lives look!!! we're here on earth

Jordanmacdonald

03/24/2011 01:07 pm

Harry Houdini is a legend and someone who all young magicians can look up to as the pinnacle of their profession. Quit hating until you get your own multi-billion dollar corporation and can put the logo of somebody up on their whatever birthday.

SZ

03/24/2011 01:09 pm

Happy Birthday Houdini. You are still caputuring the public's attention after all these years. Signed, a true fan

Brunilda

03/24/2011 01:10 pm

pwned!

Elise

03/24/2011 01:10 pm

we do have lives

eddie

03/24/2011 01:11 pm

wierdo

Keaonia Wright

03/24/2011 01:12 pm

wow!!!

Qeishal

03/24/2011 01:13 pm

You is as wired as them you on here to so......

lu Smassanow

03/24/2011 01:13 pm

I just logged on and immediately noticed that the logo and pic was all about Harry Houdini. Although I never met him, my grandfather worked as a stagehand for him during Vaudeville and my grandmother assisted on stage. From my perspective his work in magic and illusions brought attention to and interest in "other wordly" possibilities. Thank you, this was a nice change from the problems in our global society.

GEN412PETER

03/24/2011 01:13 pm

wow

Sugarcane55

03/24/2011 01:14 pm

Oh doesn't this bring out the self-righteous and the idiots. It's something different and fun. There's still plenty of time to delve into the "serious" topics and all that crap. Just chill, as we used to say. Hip hip hooray for Houdini AND the logo!

BOO

03/24/2011 01:22 pm

hahahaha i was checking to see if anybody would reply lol

Paul

03/24/2011 01:24 pm

Maybe it will be inspiration to work their way out of this horrible PR nightmare called Panda. Many webmasters are starting to call them out on even crappier results than Pre-Panda. All it takes is a little NY Times article to get things done over there. What if the times started listening to these result. Usually I might see Bing's results compared to Google by webmasters once a week. Usually they say google comes out on top. Post-Panda, I'm seeing 2-3 articles posted a day and the results are now leaning towards Bing. Is Google the next Alta Vista?

Elise

03/24/2011 01:24 pm

omfg wow

Elise

03/24/2011 01:26 pm

so wat about spelling

Elise

03/24/2011 01:27 pm

lol

hhyyhuh

03/24/2011 01:28 pm

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hhyyuhyyh

03/24/2011 01:29 pm

hi. i am replying...

Courtnay42069

03/24/2011 01:30 pm

Maybe it will be inspiration to work their way out of this horrible PR nightmare called Panda. Many webmasters are starting to call them out on even crappier results than Pre-Panda. All it takes is a little NY Times article to get things done over there. What if the times started listening to these result. Usually I might see Bing's results compared to Google by webmasters once a week. Usually they say google comes out on top. Post-Panda, I'm seeing 2-3 articles posted a day and the results are now leaning towards Bing. Is Google the next Alta Vista?

Elise

03/24/2011 01:31 pm

u dnt even know me!!!!!!!!

Wazoo out the poo

03/24/2011 01:36 pm

osd vl"Adfo[b zfd

Elise

03/24/2011 01:37 pm

omg am i tired

Meohmy

03/24/2011 01:38 pm

Why do people on this BLOG have to be so crude with their language. It should not be allowed!!

Elise

03/24/2011 01:39 pm

thank u!!!!!!!!!

Wazoo out the poop

03/24/2011 01:42 pm

you need a life for saying i need one u bumholeio

Barry Schwartz

03/24/2011 01:44 pm

Just cleaned up the bad words in the comments...

MahRawrIzAweshum :3

03/24/2011 01:46 pm

o- o I'm the next Houdini... Just call me... Lou-Cindy :D Lmao. Jk.

Elise

03/24/2011 01:46 pm

ok so im sry for using my bad mouth but im just not having a good morning cuz i had a huge fight with my rents and it got ugly

Epic_Rapbattlesofhistory

03/24/2011 01:52 pm

Look what the cat dragged back from the dead man it looks like chewbaca wipped his butt on your head Harry RIP yeah man you wanna trade blows you cant even hit puberty

Epic_Rapbattlesofhistory

03/24/2011 01:54 pm

IM chuck clukin norris ive spread more blood and gore than your puny civil wars, and i attack sharks when i smell them bleed, I dont swim watter just likes to be around me.

pee_onmytree

03/24/2011 01:57 pm

you go pee on a tree

obama - money waister

03/24/2011 01:58 pm

Obama is the next Houdini... HE is making money disappear and jobs go to Brazil.

Epic_Rapbattlesofhistory

03/24/2011 02:00 pm

you have that right im 13 and i know this

Haiuiay

03/24/2011 05:53 pm

I am a Magician myself and LOVE this Logo! I hope everyone has a Magical day!

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