Category Archives: Literature

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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Happy 142nd, Harry

By Tom Interval Newborn Erik Weisz (Americanized Ehrich Weiss), who would later generate fame, fortune, and folklore as Harry Houdini, escaped his mother’s womb in Budapest on this day in 1874. For those who don’t know much about the man, calling … Continue reading

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Mrs. Houdini: A Novel

By Tom Interval Mr. and Mrs. H would be pleased to know there’s a novel centered around their love life about to be published: Mrs. Houdini, by Victoria Kelly. According to the publisher, Simon & Schuster (Atria Books), the book is a “captivating debut novel, meticulously researched … Continue reading

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“Nearly Dying for a Living”

By Tom Interval History’s Houdini two-part miniseries, which aired in the United States on Sept. 1 and 2, introduces a younger generation to one of the most enduring Houdini myths of all time: the legendary escapologist and illusionist almost drowning under an … 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 Abracadabra Kid Meets Bess Houdini

By Tom Interval If you’re a fan of children’s literature, then you’re probably familiar with Sid Fleischman’s work. If not, here’s the scoop: Fleischman (1920-2010) was a Newbery Medal-winning author who wrote children’s books, screenplays, novels, instructional magic books, and … Continue reading

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The Houdini Alphabet

By Tom Interval About six months after Harry Houdini died, more than 5,000 of his books, personal scrapbooks, pamphlets, and periodicals were shipped to the Library of Congress at his bequest. The collection, comprised of materials relating to magic, spiritualism, … Continue reading

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