Milbourne Christopher as Houdini

By Tom Interval

While perusing some old magic magazines last night, I came across this advertisement for Milbourne Christopher’s “Magic vs. the Occult,” a stage show that took place at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on March 19, 1976.

In the show, Christopher portrayed Harry Houdini in “[a]n actual re-creation, in Houdini’s own words and deeds, of his famous concert crusade of the 1920’s against fraudulent mediums and mystics.”

Christopher, who lived from 1914 to 1984, was a well-known American illusionist, author, Houdini biographer, and a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal).

Advertisement from the Society of American Magicians M-U-M magazine, March 1976, p. 4

Milbourne Christopher as Houdini

Advertisement in M-U-M, March 1976, p. 4.

And a promotional shot of Christopher playing the part:

Milbourne Christopher as Houdini

Milbourne Christopher as Houdini (Photo Credit: Houdini: A Pictorial Life, by Milbourne Christopher)

 

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