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Harry Houdini's magical Harlem townhouse is for sale

by Julie Pennell / / Source: TODAY

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If you’re interested in buying Harry Houdini’s former Harlem townhouse, you better act fast before it disappears!

Harry Houdini townhouse
The townhouse has four floors in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.VHT Studio/ Chris Hirschberg

The famed magician lived in this four-story abode with his wife Bess from 1904 to 1926. According to Curbed, he purchased the property for $25,000, and it’s currently on the market for $4.6 million.

Photograph Of Harry Houdini
A photo of Harry Houdini who lived from 1874-1926.Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

Fansite Wild About Houdini reports that back when it was occupied by the illusionist, it featured some pretty fun tricks such as a gigantic sunken bathtub and a large mirror that Houdini used to practice his underwater effects.

Harry Houdini townhouse
If these walls could talk!VHT Studio/ Chris Hirschberg

The entire house was also wired for sound including an early "wireless" radio in the carpets that helped him stun visitors with his mind-reading effects. There was even a trick door that opened from the hinge side when you turned the door knob.

Now, the 4,608-square-foot residential property has been converted into a three-family home. The main duplex features two bedrooms including a master with en-suite bath and dressing area with a second full bath on the garden level. It also boasts hardwood floors, and eat-in kitchen with a dining room, a large living room and tin ceilings. Original details can be seen throughout.

Harry Houdini townhouse
The house was full of magical details, like a trick doorknob.VHT Studio/ Chris Hirschberg

The top two floors can be used as rental apartments, featuring one bedroom and two bedrooms respectively.

Harry Houdini townhouse
Houdini occupied the space with his wife Bess from 1904 to 1926.VHT Studio/ Chris Hirschberg

Other features on the property include six fireplaces throughout, a parlor (which includes one of Houdini's original bookcases) and a backyard that uses one of the home’s original bathtubs as a planter.

Harry Houdini townhouse
Interested? You better act fast ... before it disappears!VHT Studio/ Chris Hirschberg

See more of the home from a Houdini fan’s perspective here, and visit the listing for more information.

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