Harry Houdini Quotes For Success In Life

Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer noted for his escape acts. These Harry Houdini quotes will motivate you in life.

Best Harry Houdini Quotes

  1. “No prison can hold me; no hand or leg irons or steel locks can shackle me. No ropes or chains can keep me from my freedom.” ~ Harry Houdini
  2. “My Brain is the key that sets me free.” ~ Harry Houdini
  3. “What the eyes sees, the ear hears, and the mind believes.” ~ Harry Houdini
  4. “Never tell the audience how good you are, they will soon find out for themselves.” ~ Harry Houdini
  5. “Never try to fool children, they expect nothing, and therefore see everything.” ~ Harry Houdini
  6. “Magic is the sole science not accepted by scientists because they can’t understand it.” ~ Harry Houdini
  7. “My chief task has been to conquer fear. The public sees only the thrill of the accomplished trick; they have no conception of the tortuous preliminary self-training that was necessary to conquer fear.” ~ Harry Houdini
  8. “An old trick well done is far better than a new trick with no effect.” ~ Harry Houdini

  9. “Keep up your enthusiasm! There is nothing more contagious than exuberant enthusiasm.” ~ Harry Houdini
  10. “Some say I do it this way, others say I do it that way, but I say I do it the other way.” ~ Harry Houdini
  11. “A magician is only an actor – an actor pretending to be a magician.” ~ Harry Houdini
  12. “Look at this life – all mystery and magic.” ~ Harry Houdini
  13. “The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.” ~ Harry Houdini
  14. “I am not an irretrievable skeptic. I am not hopelessly prejudiced. I am perfectly willing to believe, and my mind is wide open; but I have, as yet, to be convinced. I am perfectly willing, but the evidence must be sane and conclusive.” ~ Harry Houdini
  15. “I always have on my mind the thought that next year I must do something greater, something more wonderful.” ~ Harry Houdini
  16. “Anyone who believes in magic is a fool.” ~ Harry Houdini

  17. “The secret of showmanship consists not of what you really do, but what the mystery-loving public thinks you do.” ~ Harry Houdini
  18. “I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place someone is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death. That’s what attracts us to the man who paints the flagstaff on the tall building, or to the ‘human fly’ who scales the walls of the same building.” ~ Harry Houdini
  19. “Fire has always been and, seemingly, will always remain, the most terrible of the elements.” ~ Harry Houdini
  20. “I must fling myself down and writhe; I must strive with every piece of force I possess; I bruise and batter myself against the floor, the walls; I strain and sob and exhaust myself, and begin again, and exhaust myself again; but do I feel pain? Never. How can I feel pain? There is no place for it.” ~ Harry Houdini
  21. “The pickpocket is usually very well dressed and of prepossessing appearance.” ~ Harry Houdini
  22. “The Sun represents the right half of the body and the Moon the left half.” ~ Harry Houdini

  23. “It is needless to say that women make the most patient as well as the most dangerous pickpockets.” ~ Harry Houdini
  24. “They do tricks even I can’t figure out.” ~ Harry Houdini
  25. “But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistants to secrecy, honor, and allegiance under a notarial oath.” ~ Harry Houdini
  26. “My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion, and many things that seem wonderful to most men are the every-day commonplaces of my business.” ~ Harry Houdini
  27. “Eating coals of fire has always been one of the sensational feats of the Fire Kings, as it is quite generally known that charcoal burns with an extremely intense heat.” ~ Harry Houdini
  28. “The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method of procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers.” ~ Harry Houdini
  29. “Rosabelle – answer – tell – pray, answer – look – tell – answer, answer – tell.” ~ Harry Houdini
  30. “I’m tired of fighting, Dash. I guess this thing is going to get me.” ~ Harry Houdini

  31. “Only one man ever betrayed my confidence, and that only in a minor matter.” ~ Harry Houdini
  32. “My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion.” ~ Harry Houdini
  33. “No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.” ~ Harry Houdini
  34. “But it must not be thought that I say this out of the personal experience: for in the many years that I have been before the public my secret methods have been steadily shielded by the strict integrity of my assistants, most of whom have been with me for years.” ~ Harry Houdini Quotes
  35. “Another method of eating burning coals employs small balls of burned cotton in a dish of burning alcohol.” ~ Harry Houdini
  36. “It is still an open question, however, as to what extent exposure really injures a performer.” ~ Harry Houdini

  37. “To cause the face to appear in a mass of flame make use of the following: mix together thoroughly petroleum, lard, mutton tallow, and quick lime. Distill this over a charcoal fire, and the liquid which results can be burned on the face without harm.” ~ Harry Houdini
  38. “I do not believe that ghosts or spirits exist.” ~ Harry Houdini
  39. “Flames from the lips may be produced by holding in the mouth a sponge saturated with the purest gasoline.” ~ Harry Houdini
  40. “I think that in a year I may retire. I cannot take my money with me when I die and I wish to enjoy it, with my family, while I live. I should prefer living in Germany to any other country, though I am an American, and am loyal to my country.” ~ Harry Houdini
  41. “I make the most money, I think, in Russia and Paris, for the people of those countries are so willing to be amused, so eager to see something new and out of the ordinary.” ~ Harry Houdini
  42. “Pickpockets either work alone or in pairs, or what is called a mob.” ~ Harry Houdini
  43. “I’m tired of fighting…” ~ Harry Houdini

  44. “How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear, and if there were ever any records of this kind the Church would hardly allow them to become public.” ~ Harry Houdini
  45. “The eating of burning brimstone is an entirely fake performance.” ~ Harry Houdini
  46. “Disloyalty in trusted servants is one of the most disheartening things that can happen to a public performer.” ~ Harry Houdini
  47. “In all feats of fire-eating, it should be noted that the head is thrown well back, so that the flame may pass out of the open mouth instead of up into the roof, as it would if the head were held naturally.” ~ Harry Houdini
  48. “The great day of the Fire-eater – or, should I say, the day of the great Fire-eater – has passed.” ~ Harry Houdini

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