The evidence for Budapest, and the 24th March [140 years ago today], is incontrovertible, unless we assume a fantastic, elaborate forgery of the records. The house, the names of the midwife and godmother and the Rabbi who performed the circumcision rite, are recorded. Full details can be found in Milbourne Christopher’s wonderful Houdini: The Untold Story. [Abracadabra Saturday, 23rd March 1974]
And the final report on June 1, 1972 from the Houdini Birthdate research committee concludes that the evidence supports Budapest and recommends that henceforth March 24, 1874 – Budapest, Hungary be known as the official date and place of birth of Harry Houdini.
Happy Birthday Harry Houdini!