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William Harkness

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William Harkness

Cover of Genii (1938)
near Glasgow
DiedFebruary 2, 1979
Victoria, B.C., Canada

William (Billy) Harkness (1896-1979) was named by Bess Houdini as the "Canadian Houdini."


He served in World War I with the Black Watch and Highland Light Infantry, and moved to Canada in 1922.

Along with his escapes, he was known for his manipulations and comedy situations.[1]

He attended and performed at many P.C.A.M. conventions.[2]


  • Houdini Handcuffs (1936)
  • Houdini Wand (1937)
  • Houdini Medallion


  1. Genii 1979 October (Obit)
  2. Genii 1938 May (cover)