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Topic: Houdini's Death
Message: Posted by: Roy the Illusionist (May 19, 2013 09:05PM)
I heard that a Houdini claimed that he could withstand a punch to the gut from anybody without pain, and one time backstage a teenager approached him and asked if he really could. But before Houdini could answer the kid punched him and the punch aggravated his appendicitis which caused his death. Is this the most likely explanation or is there another one?
Message: Posted by: motown (May 19, 2013 09:22PM)
"On the afternoon of October 22, 1926, two McGill University students visited Houdiniís dressing room. According to reports, Houdini was looking through his mail, when one of the students, J. Gordon Whitehead, asked Harry if he could indeed withstand any blow to the abdomen, as the magician had previously proclaimed. Harry responded that he could, if given time to brace himself, at which point Whitehead hit Houdini four times in the abdomen, under the impression that Houdini had indeed braced himself for the blows".

He died of peritonitis.
Message: Posted by: Roy the Illusionist (May 19, 2013 09:27PM)
Never heard that one before.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (May 19, 2013 10:58PM)
Traumatic Peritonitis.
Message: Posted by: houdinisghost (May 20, 2013 07:24AM)
We had a lively discussion on this subject on this forum a couple of years ago.
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=448994&forum=18
Message: Posted by: Roy the Illusionist (May 20, 2013 02:24PM)
Thanks for the link. -Roy
Message: Posted by: MartiniMagic (Jul 1, 2013 01:15PM)
That's how I heard he died.
Message: Posted by: InstantMagicBen (Aug 3, 2013 03:09PM)
Amazing, amazing person, It's as though he never died..
Message: Posted by: Dapperdan (Apr 18, 2016 03:10PM)
In Detroit... On Halloween!... :)
Message: Posted by: Slim King (May 22, 2016 09:38PM)
The Spirit Guides of at least two famous Spiritualists (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Mina Crandon) predicted the crossing over of Harry Houdini... It was Fate, Destiny or whatever you call it. Self Fulfilling Prophecy???
Message: Posted by: Leo H (May 26, 2016 08:31PM)
The most likely explanation is stubbornness. Harry should have seen a doctor after that punch instead of waiting to see if it would heal on its own. A careless mistake can cost you your life.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Oct 22, 2018 11:57PM)
[quote]On May 26, 2016, Leo H wrote:
The most likely explanation is stubbornness. Harry should have seen a doctor after that punch instead of waiting to see if it would heal on its own. A careless mistake can cost you your life. [/quote] So what is the final truth to this?????
Message: Posted by: Leo H (Oct 23, 2018 11:03PM)
The final truth Slim is that Harry died of peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix. Penicillin would not be discovered until 1928, two years after his death. That antibiotic could have saved him. He waited too long to see a doctor when the symptoms of appendicitis began to emerge.
Message: Posted by: imgic (Dec 29, 2018 10:28PM)
[quote]On Oct 23, 2018, Leo H wrote:
The final truth Slim is that Harry died of peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix. Penicillin would not be discovered until 1928, two years after his death. That antibiotic could have saved him. He waited too long to see a doctor when the symptoms of appendicitis began to emerge. [/quote]

Amen
Message: Posted by: ActionJack (Jan 2, 2019 10:08PM)
[quote]On May 22, 2016, Slim King wrote:
The Spirit Guides of at least two famous Spiritualists (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Mina Crandon) predicted the crossing over of Harry Houdini... It was Fate, Destiny or whatever you call it. Self Fulfilling Prophecy??? [/quote]

Ms Crandon made predictions multiple times of Houdinis death I recall reading, as they say even a broken clock is right twice a day. Houdini debunked Crandon and Doyles wife as spirit guides along with many others. The Witch of Lime Street details the story surrounding Houdini and Crandon. There are many interesting books on Houdini and it is interesting how some authors approach his life.