Category Archives: Escapes

Dynamite Houdini Punch-Out

By Tom Interval I recently dug up a 1980 Dynamite article about Harry Houdini that includes a full-color punch-out of the master mystifier escaping from chains. To read more and to see an animated version of the punch-out, check out the … 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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Unpublished 1992 Houdini Seance Photos

By Tom Interval Doug Johnson, a photographer living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, attended and photographed the 66th official Houdini seance, held on October 31, 1992, at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls, Canada. Almost 23 years later, … Continue reading

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NPR Story: Unpublished Houdini Straitjacket Photo

By Tom Interval This morning, NPR’s Pam Fessler interviewed a gentleman by the name of Chris Shweie, coauthor of The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York and collector of all things vaudeville. Shweie said he recently … 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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Legends and Lore Persist in Houdini Miniseries

By Tom Interval It’s the dead of winter. Thousands of gawking spectators flood a bridge spanning the frozen river below. The crowd braves the bone-splitting cold for only one reason: to see a man die. Of course, they might not … Continue reading

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The Milk Can Escape in Full View

I’ve never seen this variation of the Milk Can escape, performed by French illusionist Luc Langevin (see embedded YouTube video below). It’s done in full view! You can see genuine concern on people’s faces—an uncommon reaction from today’s oft-jaded audiences. Brilliant. … Continue reading

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