Harry Houdini's Magical Harlem Townhouse Appears to Have a Buyer

The magical Harlem townhouse where Harry Houdini lived with his wife for the last 22 years of his life has entered contract just about six months after landing on the market for the first time in nearly three decades. Cloaked in historic mystery, the 6,008-square-foot townhouse came to market seeking $4.6 million, but dropped its asking price to $3.6 million, which appeared to be the sweet spot for the interested party. Rumor has it, the legendary magician himself tricked it out with all sorts of illusions. Take a look inside. See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.

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The legendary Harry Houdini and his wife bought the home at 278 W. 113th Street in 1904 for just $25,000, according to Curbed. Houdini's wife sold it after his death and it was sold a few times before the current owner purchased it in 1991. See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.
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The famous brownstone was refurbished and converted into a three-family home. It has more than 4,000 square feet of living space and the entire building is more than 6,000 square feet. See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.
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The home has east, north and south exposures. See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.
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The master bedroom has an en-suite bath with dressing area and the second bedroom has a full bath on the garden level. The rest of the home features hardwood floors with original details throughout. See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.
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It's just a short walk to subways, shopping and parks. See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.
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According to fan site WildAboutHoudini.com, the illusionist outfitted the home with tricks, including a giant sunken bathtub with a large mirror to practice his underwater routines. See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.
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The fan site says he also made it so the front door opened from the hinge side when you turned the knob, another illusion. See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.
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The home hit the market seeking $4.6 million, then dropped the asking price to $3.6 million before entering contract. See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.
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