Greetings folks. Spaceman is here, welcoming you to yet another novel and original take on the Harry Potter Series. Today we are going to discuss “Who is the greatest magician of all time?”
The Search for the Greatest
The greatest magician of all time is likely to be one of the two Harrys. Either Harry Houdini or Harry Potter. Either way, both are great for different reasons. Harry Houdini because he was the ultimate showman and marketer. Even though he died in 1926 he still inspires awe and mystery like the new Houdini Day Project. Houdini’s life in the history books reads much like a famous painter who is broken down by artistic periods his work went through.
Houdini’s Different Periods
In the case of Houdini we can track him by 4 posters I have on my wall, each one representing a period including “King of Cards,” Escape Artist, Psychic Investigator and Film Actor. There are of course more periods than that, but those are the main ones.
The Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter on the other hand has periods which can be found in tiltes of his books including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010/2011.)
Comparing the Two
One could say that Harry Potter is more famous than Harry Houdini, but not so quickly please. Houdini has enduring fame starting in the late 1800’s, through his death in 1926, and into today. I am the Spaceman and I am grateful to the producers of this website, “Harry Potter Fan Club NYC,” for giving me the chance to compare Potter to Houdini. And my love for Houdini might be offputting for some HP fans. But I love Harry Potter also, for different reasons.
In the Minds of People
You could make a case for HP being a supernatural magician while Houdini is an illusionist. Both resonate for some reason with the public. Harry Houdini possibly for his memorable publicity stunts and Harry Potter for his empathy and real magic. So the fictional potter does real magic and might be more real than the real Houdini in the minds of the the public, especially the youth as well as their parents who read the Potter books to their kids and got hooked themselves.
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