No prison can hold me; no hand or leg irons or steel locks can shackle me. No ropes or chains can keep me from my freedom.

— Harry Houdini

The most informative Harry Houdini quotes that will inspire your inner self

My Brain is the key that sets me free.


Never try to fool children, they expect nothing, and therefore see everything.


My chief task has been to conquer fear.

The public sees only the thrill of the accomplished trick; they have no conception of the tortuous preliminary self-training that was necessary to conquer fear.


Keep up your enthusiasm! There is nothing more contagious than exuberant enthusiasm.


The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.


An old trick well done is far better than a new trick with no effect.


A magician is only an actor - an actor pretending to be a magician.


The secret of showmanship consists not of what you really do, but what the mystery-loving public thinks you do.


I always have on my mind the thought that next year I must do something greater, something more wonderful.


But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistants to secrecy, honor and allegiance under a notarial oath.


My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion, and many things that seem wonderful to most men are the every-day commonplaces of my business.


Eating coals of fire has always been one of the sensational feats of the Fire Kings, as it is quite generally known that charcoal burns with an extremely intense heat.


About Harry Houdini

Quotes 47 sayings
Nationality Hungarian
Profession Entertainer
Birthday October 16

To cause the face to appear in a mass of flame make use of the following: mix together thoroughly petroleum, lard, mutton tallow and quick lime. Distill this over a charcoal fire, and the liquid which results can be burned on the face without harm.


I must fling myself down and writhe; I must strive with every piece of force I possess; I bruise and batter myself against the floor, the walls; I strain and sob and exhaust myself, and begin again, and exhaust myself again; but do I feel pain? Never. How can I feel pain? There is no place for it.


The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method of procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers.


But it must not be thought that I say this out of personal experience: for in the many years that I have been before the public my secret methods have been steadily shielded by the strict integrity of my assistants, most of whom have been with me for years.


No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.


The pickpocket is usually very well dressed and of prepossessing appearance.


Another method of eating burning coals employs small balls of burned cotton in a dish of burning alcohol.


I'm tired of fighting, Dash. I guess this thing is going to get me.


I'm tired of fighting...


Flames from the lips may be produced by holding in the mouth a sponge saturated with the purest gasoline.


In all feats of fire-eating it should be noted that the head is thrown well back, so that the flame may pass out of the open mouth instead of up into the roof, as it would if the head were held naturally.


My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion.


The eating of burning brimstone is an entirely fake performance.


The great day of the Fire-eater - or, should I say, the day of the great Fire-eater - has passed.


It is still an open question, however, as to what extent exposure really injures a performer.


Disloyalty in trusted servants is one of the most disheartening things that can happen to a public performer.


Pickpockets either work alone or in pairs, or what is called a mob.


I am not an irretrievable skeptic. I am not hopelessly prejudiced. I am perfectly willing to believe, and my mind is wide open; but I have, as yet, to be convinced. I am perfectly willing, but the evidence must be sane and conclusive.


I make the most money, I think, in Russia and Paris, for the people of those countries are so willing to be amused, so eager to see something new and out of the ordinary.


The Sun represents the right half of the body and the Moon the left half.


What the eyes sees, the ear hears, and the mind believes.


Never tell the auidience how good you are, they will soon find out for themselves.


Some say I do it this way, others say I do it that way, but I say I do it the other way.


Magic is the sole science not accepted by scientists, because they can't understand it.


Rosabelle - answer - tell - pray, answer - look - tell - answer, answer - tell.


I think that in a year I may retire. I cannot take my money with me when I die and I wish to enjoy it, with my family, while I live. I should prefer living in Germany to any other country, though I am an American, and am loyal to my country.


I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place some one is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death. That's what attracts us to the man who paints the flagstaff on the tall building, or to the 'human fly' who scales the walls of the same building.


Fire has always been and, seemingly, will always remain, the most terrible of the elements.


Anyone who believes in magic is a fool.


Look at this life - all mystery and magic.


How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear, and if there were ever any records of this kind the Church would hardly allow them to become public.


It is needless to say that women make the most patient as well as the most dangerous pickpockets.


Only one man ever betrayed my confidence, and that only in a minor matter.


I do not believe that ghosts or spirits exist.