Hardeen

Hardeen's Sore Wrists newspaper Ad

Theodore “Dash” Hardeen (born Ferenc Dezső Weisz (Hungarian name order: Weisz Ferenc Dezső), March 4, 1876 – June 12, 1945), known simply as Hardeen, was a Hungarian magician and escape artist who was the younger brother of Harry Houdini. Hardeen, who usually billed himself as the “brother of Houdini”, was the founder of the Magician’s Guild. Hardeen was the first magician to conceive escaping from a submerged straitjacket in full view of the audience, rather than behind a curtain.

The Original Hardeen

Theo Hardeen with his brother Harry Houdini

Hardeen posing in front of a

Theo Hardeeen King of Hancuffs

Ad for one of Hardeen's performances at Harrisburg's Popular Theatres

Poster for a Hardeen act on new years week, New York 1908

Hardeen Brother of Houdini

A poster for Hardeen Houdini’s magic show: ‘Hardeen inherits his brother’s secrets. Houdini’s will makes possible the continuance of Houdini’s master mysteries.’ As shown by this poster, Hardeen used testamentary language in his advertisements in an effort to position himself as Houdini’s heir in magic.

Hardeen's poster disclaiming his inheritance of Houdini's secrets

The poster was printed by Carey and Sons Lith. of New York, c. 1936. The Library of Congress says, ‘Under the terms of Houdini’s will, the Library of Congress inherited the magic and spiritualism components of the great mystifier’s library. Beatrice Houdini received the Theater Collection, now at the University of Texas at Austin. Apparatus and other stage effects were bequeathed to Hardeen.’

Billboard advertising a Hardeen performance

Hardeen King of Hancuffs at the Pantages Theatre

Hardeen Ad, Washington Times 1911

Hardeen Challenged at the Empress, April 1906

Hardeen's Christmas card

Hardeen Budapest ad

Hardeen is the Legal Successor of Houdini

Hardeen Presents Houdini's temple of Mystery

Theodore Hardeen with his brother Harry Houdini

Theodore Hardeen black and white photograph

Theodore Hardeen, 1899

Theodore Hardeen in handcuffs

Theodore Hardeen posing with open handcuffs

Hardeen's

Hardeens signature in the front of the Society of American Magicians Membership Card

Back of a membership card for the Society of American Magicians, founded by Hardeen
Poster for a performance by Hardeen Jr., successor to Houdini and Hardeen

Hardeen Jr. Business Card

Posters for Hardeen Jr's performances