Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer noted for his sensational escape acts. He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena.A truly amazing performer and person. He demonstrated an incredible escapability from all sorts of predicaments including handcuffs, shackles and chains, straight-jackets, tanks of water, hanging upside down, suspended in midair, etc, to stupefied fans around the world. His skills were so "off the hook" some even thought he was invoking some sort of supernatural powers. But Harry would have none of that talk about supernatural powers. He was absolutely pro-science, and enjoyed publicly debunking self-proclaimed psychics and mediums as frauds.
He died in Grace Hospital in Detroit on October 31, (aka Halloween) 1926, from the effects of a ruptured appendix.
And here is a haunting Kate Bush song along with some great photos of the master for the occasion..