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Harry Houdini's Birthday
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|Flesch-Kincaid grade level:||4.35|
By Phyllis Naegeli
1 Young Ehrich Weiss was born in Budapest, Hungary, on March 24, 1874. When he was four, his family came to America and settled in Appleton, Wisconsin. When he was a boy, his family was very poor. However, Ehrich always dreamed of making a name for himself. Eventually, he became the famous Harry Houdini. The inspiration for his life's work came from two special events in his young life – a circus act and a trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2 "I am going to be a magician," Ehrich announced one hot, summer afternoon.
3 "Oh, you are!" said his mother. "Where did you get such a silly idea?"
4 "At the circus," Ehrich said. "The magician showed me how to do a coin trick."
5 "When were you at the circus?" his father, Rabbi Weiss, asked.
6 Ehrich humbly turned to face his father. "I sneaked under the ropes to go today, Father."
7 "Did you not sell papers with your brothers?"
8 Ehrich hung his head. "No, I did not."
9 "Oh, Ehrich, you know we must all work hard to earn money. We do not have time for such worthless activities as going to the circus," said his father.
10 "I know I must work to help our family," he said. Then his face lit up. "But, Papa, I learned a wonderful trick today. Now I can earn money by doing magic at the circus."
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