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03/24/2011 03:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Google Doodle: Harry Houdini's 137th Birthday Gets Old-Fashioned Logo

The Google home page is sporting a vintage look, commemorating the 137th birthday of world famous illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini.

Born in 1874 in Hungary, Houdini (né Eric Weisz) emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of four. As a young performer, Houdini excelled at stunts and escapology and was especially apt at freeing himself from chains and straightjackets.

Mashable details one of these feats:

Perhaps the most well-known Houdini stunt was his escape from the Chinese Water Torture Cell, in which he would escape a water tank while suspended upside down and shackled, while holding his breath for 3 minutes. The exact nature of Houdini's torture cell and the way in which he escaped is still a mystery.

Houdini died in 1926 of complications from a ruptured appendix. Were he alive today, he would be 137 years old.

As a tribute, Google.com features a an old-timey Google Doodle that resembles an advertisement Houdini might have used for one of his shows. The logo bears an illustrated portrait of Houdini with his hands shackled. Have a look at the Doodle (below), then check out our slideshow of the geekiest Google Doodles ever created.

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