There Were Five Houdinis
Jacob left the Brothers Houdini in 1893, but kept the name J. H. Houdini until
1903, well after Harry Houdini had become an international star. Jacob was
replaced in the act by his kid brother Joe (above, holding the bag).
The man with the
mustache and the
handcuffs on his wrists is
Jacob Hyman. When a
fellow worker at Richters
Neckware factory who
shared his interest in
magic told him he had read
a book by "Robert
Houdeen" (Robert-Houdin,
French conjuror
1805-1871), Jacob,
reacting to his friend,
Ehrich Weiss'
mispronunciation of the
Frenchman's name,
suggested that adding an
"i" would mean like Houdin
in French.
The two boys formed an
act calling themselves the
Brothers Houdini. Ehrich
became Harry Houdini and
Jacob renamed himself J.
H. Houdini
Harry Houdini's own
younger brother, Theo,
replaced Joseph Hyman as
the other Brother Houdini.
That's four Houdinis so far.
After his run as a Brother
Houdini, Joe Hyman
changed his name to Joe
Hayman and began a long
career as a comedian. His
comedy record "Mr. Cohen
on the Telephone" became
the first comedy record to
sell a million copies. After
Harry's marriage ended the
Brothers Houdini act, Theo
Weiss would retire from
performing then, at his
brother Harry Houdini's
urging, would return to
show business as a
magician and escape artist
named Theo Hardeen.
Here are the Brothers
Hyman. Left to Right, they
are Bob, Jake, and Joe.  
When the photo was
taken in 1911, Bob was a
quick-change artist
named Robert Fulgora. He
was also a producer. Jake
after trying theatre under
the names Jack Hayman
and Jack Herne, and
vaudeville as J. H.
Houdini, was at medical
school in Columbus, Ohio.
In the twenties, he moved
to Los Angeles and
became an eye, ear, nose
and throat man to the
stars.
Joe would spend most of
his career in England
doing comedy acts with
his wife, Mil Franklin. He
died in Hollywood in 1957.