Harry Houdini is born Erik Weisz in Budapest, Hungary. He will become most famous for his amazing feats of illusion, magic, and ability to escape seemingly impossible restraints. However, Harry Houdini will also be one of the first and most important skeptics.
Harry Houdini will have a great desire to believe paranormal phenomena, like the ability to communicate with the spirits of those who have died, but his desire that such phenomena be true compels him to investigate closely to eliminate frauds - and, in every case he examines, fraud is what he finds.
As an illusionist and magician, Houdini is far better suited to detecting fraud, intentional and unintentional, because he will be intimately familiar with all the ways an audience can be fooled. That will, after all, be his profession.