(1874–1926), Hungarian-born American magician and escape artist; born Erik Weisz. In the early 1900s he became famous for his ability to escape from all kinds of bonds and containers, from prison cells to aerially suspended straitjackets.
[as noun] a person skilled at escaping:you’re a regular Houdini
an ingenious escape:he will have to do a Houdini to escape from me
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