In honor of Harry Houdini’s 137th birthday Google has given the famed illusionist a Google Doodle. The special logo was displayed just hours before Houdini’s last living assistant passed away at the age of 103, the Associated Press reported.
Houdini was born March 24, 1874 and died October 31, 1926. The Hungarian born American was a famed escapologist and magician whose name is synonymous with the world of the occult and magic. He also combined his escapes with local businesses, “these challenges were prearranged with local merchants in what is certainly one of the first uses of mass tie-in marketing.”
Contrary to popular myth, Houdini did not die during one of his stunts, he died from complications from a ruptured appendix.
Dorothy Young worked for “Houdini’s company as a teenager after attending an open casting call during a family trip to New York. During her year with Houdini’s stage show in the mid-1920s, she played the role of “Radio Girl of 1950,” emerging from a large mock-up of a radio and performing a dance routine,” AP reported. Young died yesterday, the last living link to this historical performer.