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Houdini: Escaping the Womb 141 Years Ago Today

By Tom Interval On March 24, 1874, magic’s most legendary entertainer was born: Erik Weisz. Four years after his birth in Budapest, Erik and his family moved to the United States, where the toddler’s name was Americanized to Ehrich Weiss. … Continue reading

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By the Woman of a Thousand Faces

By Tom Interval Rose Mackenberg, Houdini’s oft-disguised undercover spiritualist agent (a multi-petaled Rose, to be sure) wrote this article in 1929. This is the first of several in a series (the only one I have, unfortunately). In it, Mackenberg writes … Continue reading

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Artist Pete Fecteau Turns my Houdini Optical Illusion into a Mosaic for National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games

By Tom Interval Have you heard of Brain Games? It’s an excellent, semi-new show that airs on Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The National Geographic Channel. Already into its second season, the show, hosted by Jason Silva, is “chock full … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Sir Charles

Charlie Chaplin was born 124 years ago today.

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