Category Archives: Letters

Blogcast #5: Wild About Houdini Since 1975

By Tom Interval Blogcast #5: Wild About Harry Since 1975 is live! I talk about John Cox, the creator of the most comprehensive Houdini-related website on the Web: Wild About Houdini. If you’re a Houdini, magic, or history enthusiast and haven’t visited … Continue reading

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Blogcast #3: The Final Moments of Houdini’s Life

By Tom Interval Blogcast #3: The The Final Moments of Houdini’s Life is now live on YouTube. About two months after Harry Houdini died, Bess, his wife, wrote a heartfelt letter to magic collector Edwin A. Dearn and his wife, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin Launches Free Houdini and Magic Digital Collections

By Tom Interval The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has launched a new website featuring several free digital collections, including two that will interest Houdini buffs, magic fans, historians, and researchers: The Harry Houdini Scrapbook Collection and … Continue reading

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