Category Archives: Theodore (Hardeen)

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 … Continue reading

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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: https://intervalmagic.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/when-harry-met-larry/ # # #

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Blogcast #2: The Houdini Grave

By Tom Interval Blogcast #2: The Houdini Grave is now live on YouTube. I discuss my 1990 visit to Houdini’s gravesite in Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, New York.

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Blogcast #1: Harry Houdini’s Dad Fired for Not Speaking English?

By Tom Interval Last June I wrote an article asserting that Harry Houdini’s father, Rabbi Mayer Samuel Weiss, was not fired by his congregation simply because he couldn’t speak English. I’ve decided to make that blog the first in a … Continue reading

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Rabbi Weiss’s Farewell Sermon

By Tom Interval Listen to/watch this blog entry in video format → 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 … 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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Houdini Grave Aerial Map

By Tom Interval Here’s an aerial map of the Houdini gravesite in Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, New York (see below; click to enlarge). It’s based on my visit to the site around 1990. Notice Leopold’s and Gladys’s headstones (Houdini’s brother … Continue reading

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