Category Archives: Collections

Rabbi Weiss’s Farewell Sermon

By Tom Interval When Rev. Dr. Mayer Samuel Weiss arrived in the United States in 1876, doubt likely plagued his mind. At 47, he wasn’t a young man anymore, but he wanted to create a better life for his family … Continue reading

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In Memory of Henry Muller

By Tom Interval Henry Muller, cofounder of the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame, a public museum and tourist attraction operated in Niagara Falls, Canada, from 1968 to 1995, died on Feb. 28 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was 86 years old. … Continue reading

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Houdini Room at Copperfield’s Musha Cay

By Tom Interval I was browsing YouTube tonight and came across a promotional video for Musha Cay, an island in the southern Bahamas owned by illusionist David Copperfield. During the video, I was surprised and pleased to see that one of the … Continue reading

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Houdini in The New York Times Turns 10: Its Origin and Future

By Tom Interval This year marks the 10th anniversary of Houdini in The New York Times, a website housing more than 125 articles and letters in The New York Times written by or about Harry Houdini. Please enjoy this brief … Continue reading

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Handcuff Invite Poster Digital Restoration

By Tom Interval John Cox of Wild About Harry today posted a beautiful Houdini poster that, to my knowledge, has never been published before. It’s from the New York Public Library Digital Collections. While some historians might cringe at the notion … Continue reading

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Houdini Auction: Potter & Potter, Aug. 23, 2014

By Tom Interval In case you don’t already know, Potter & Potter is having a Houdini auction on Sat., Aug. 23, 10 a.m., in its Chicago gallery. If you live in Chicago, you can preview some of the items in the days … Continue reading

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John Cox: Wild About Harry Since 1975

By Tom Interval In 1980, 15-year-old John Cox told a Los Angeles Times reporter he was the third disciple of Harry Houdini. The first two, he said, were carnival worker Edward Saint and noted illusionist and author Milbourne Christopher. At … Continue reading

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