Category Archives: Books

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 #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 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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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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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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