When Harry Met Larry: Was this man Houdini’s assistant?

By Tom Interval

Blogcast #10 is live! This one’s about a man who claimed he was Houdini’s assistant for 33 years, but I cast some doubt on that. It’s based on a blog I wrote a few days ago, but these blogcasts are a bit easier to digest. I’ll also be posting this on SoundCloud later tonight.

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By Tom Interval

This man claimed to be Harry Houdini’s assistant and stand-in for 33 years. It just ain’t so. Read more at the Interval Magic blog:


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Blogcast #9: Harry Haudyni, German Houdini Imitator

By Tom Interval

Three days ago I posted an entry on my Interval Magic blog about Harry Haudyni, the German imitator of Harry Houdini. Blogcast #9 elaborates on that a bit and provides a way for you to listen to the original blog instead of having to read it (video below). And on that note, I’ve been posting audio-only versions of the blogcasts on my SoundCloud page. Personally, I think the videos are cool to watch, but sometimes just the audio is easier to listen to. Either way, I hope you enjoy this blogcast about Harry Haudyni.

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Haudyni: A German Houdini Imitator

By Tom Interval

Harry Houdini had many imitators. One of them, called Harry Haudyni, appeared in a 1929 Movietone News film escaping from a straitjacket at a fair in Germany. To read more and to watch the full two-minute film, go to the Interval Magic blog: https://intervalmagic.wordpress.com/2019/06/10/haudyni-a-german-houdini-imitator/

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Blogcast #8: Harry Houdini’s Stamford Home

By Tom Interval

In 1904, Harry Houdini purchased a summer home on farmland in Stamford, Connecticut. For some unknown reason, he sold it a year later, and since then, only two other families have owned it. The original house burned down in the 1960s, but a replica was built on the original foundation, and two original wells still grace the property. To learn more, check out Blogcast #8: Harry Houdini’s Stamford Home below or directly on the Interval Magic YouTube channel (@intervalmagic).

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Leo’s Connecticut Mansion 360-degree Picture

Harry Houdini’s Brother Leo Owned This Connecticut Mansion
By Tom Interval

Are you a Houdini geek? A Connecticut history buff? No? Then the video below probably isn’t for you. It might sound kinda silly, but Houdini enthusiasts like me want to travel back in time to meet the legendary magician and escape artist himself. Of course we can’t do that since we don’t have a time machine, but the next-best thing is to visit in person or virtually different places Houdini has been. Read more →

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For those who follow this blog, thank you so much for doing that! I’m not closing it down or anything, but I’ve decided, for now, to start posting everything related to magic and Houdini on my Interval Magic blog. Why? Time has been a bit tight lately, and I want to post everything in one place. But rest assured I’ll post links here to my Houdini material, so you can continue to follow this blog. And I might decide to post full articles here again in the future. Thanks again.

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Blogcast #7: Dynamite Magazine Harry Houdini Punch-Out

By Tom Interval

Dynamite magazine, issue #79, December 1980, features an article about Harry Houdini titled “HOUDINI: The Magic Man Who Knew Whodunit!” As part of that theme, the mag includes a companion two-piece punch-out that, when constructed, becomes a mechanical toy showing Houdini escaping from heavy chains and shackles. This is the subject of today’s blogcast, which shows an animation of the device in action! Watch below or directly on the Interval Magic YouTube channel (@intervalmagic). And while you’re there, please “Like” the video (if you like it), subscribe, and share it with anyone who might enjoy it.

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