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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 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)