Theodore "Theo" Hardeen (Ferenc Dezső Weisz)

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Ferenc Dezső Hardeen (Weisz)

Also Known As: "Theodore Hardeen", "Theo Hardeen", "Ference Deszo Weiss"
Birthplace: Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Death: Died in New York, New York County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rabbi Dr. Mayer Samuel Weiss (Houdini's father) and Cecilia Weiss (Steiner)
Husband of Elsie Hardeen
Father of Theodore Hardeen, Jr. and Harry Houdini Hardeen
Brother of Solomon Wilhelm Weiss; Meitl Julia Weiss; Nathan Josef Weiss; Gottfried William Weiss; Harry Houdini (Erik Weisz) and 2 others
Half brother of Herman M (Armin) Weiss

Managed by: Malka Mysels
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About Theodore "Theo" Hardeen (Ferenc Dezső Weisz)

Theodore Hardeen (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.

Hardeen was born as Ferencz Dezso Weisz or Weisz Ferenc Dezső in Budapest, Hungary, and went by the name of Theodore Weiss when the family was living in Appleton, Wisconsin. He was known as "Deshi" and later "Dash" by his parents.

In 1893, Hardeen performed with Houdini at Coney Island as "The Brothers Houdini". While there, Harry met and married Wilhelmina Beatrice (Bess) Rahner.

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Theodore "Theo" Hardeen (Ferenc Dezső Weisz)'s Timeline

March 4, 1876
Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Age 30
January 13, 1909
Age 32
New York, United States
June 12, 1945
Age 69
New York, New York County, New York, United States