|Born||Martin Harry Dignam|
|Died||June 19 1869 |
New Plymouth, New Zealand
|Resting place||Te Henui Cemetery|
Harry Houdin, born in Ireland as Martin Harry Dignam in 1830, claimed to be the nephew of Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin and performed as "The Great Polynational Mimic."
Houdin toured Australia and New Zealand in the early 1860s with a one-man variety act featuring drawing-room magic and international impersonations done to song and dance. The magic part of his act included the Inexhaustible Bottle, Card Magic, the burned-and-restored handkerchief, and the production of feathers, a large ball, and other objects from a hat.
Advertisements for his performances stop after 1863, suggesting he retired from show business around that time.
- ↑ http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=888434
- ↑ Harry Houdin: The Great Polynational Mimic, Tom Interval (e-book, 2012)