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198 Cecelia Weiss

Cecelia Weiss was born in June 6 1841. She was mother of magician Ehrich Weiss who later changed his name to Harry Houdini. Harry was a magician of international fame. Mrs. Weiss was very fond of her son like most mothers. She enjoyed her son’s devotion, and she was very attached to him which made it very challenging when he had to be away from her on his international entertainment trips. 


Mrs. Weiss at some point in her life became ill, She suffered a paralytic stroke and died in 1913. Houdini one of her favorite son was in Europe at the time of her death. According to ragtime, Prior to her final breath, she had called for Houdini who she really wanted to talk to and she moaned Erich, Erich.

 


Houdini tormented over not been able to see, touch or talk with his mother for the rest of his life. Most importantly, he wanted to know exactly what his mother needed to tell him at the point of her death. He wanted every possible way to speak to his dead mother, his thoughts were to use some magical medium and spiritualist, but he knew much about spiritual fraud which may not give him an answer to his request. Houdini arranged for photographs of his mother to suggest her continuing presence. One close-up he laid on the pillow of her bed. He placed an enlarged photo of her seated in a chair and smiling in the very chair in which she posed. He also displaced other photos at strategic places around the house to give him the feeling of her still living. Houdini also visited his mother's grave in a cemetery in Queens. 

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