Category Archives: Multimedia

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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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Listen to Houdini’s Final Seance (1936)

By Tom Interval Long before Harry Houdini died on Halloween (89 years ago this Saturday), he and his wife, Bess, purportedly made a pact that the first to die would try to contact the survivor from “the great beyond,” as … Continue reading

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Houdini’s Voice Recorded 100 Years Ago Today

By Tom Interval It was exactly 100 years ago today that Houdini recorded his voice on Edison wax cylinders. This particular version is one I put together a couple of years ago. It’s about 3½ minutes long and is different … Continue reading

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John Cox: Wild About Harry Since 1975

By Tom Interval Listen to/watch this blog entry in video format → 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 … Continue reading

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Davenport’s to Exhibit Death Defying Acts Torture Cell

By Tom Interval Ever wonder what happened to the Water Torture Cell in the 2007 feature film Death Defying Acts? Well, wonder no more, Houdini fans. According to an article in the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press, Davenport’s Magic Kingdom—an exciting new … Continue reading

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Interactive Panorama of Houdini’s Grave

Here’s an interactive 360-degree panorama of Houdini’s grave at Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, New York. Okay, actually, it’s more like 270 degrees, but it still shows a lot for a little picture. Technically, it’s a video (.mov) file. I found … Continue reading

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Houdini Grave Short Film by NYU Student

A short film by New York University student David Jalbert, made in 2008 (published on YouTube on Feb. 17, 2013, by user nyunyc archave): Tom Interval

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Kaleidoscope: Houdini, 1960s Radio Show

By Tom Interval Ever heard of the 1960s radio show Kaleidoscope? Created and hosted by WJR Detroit radio personality Mike Whorf, the show, which received a George Foster Peabody award in 1968, offered a “skillful blend of recorded music and … Continue reading

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Houdini’s Voice

Have you ever heard Harry Houdini’s voice? If not, check out this new version I put together (about 3½ minutes); it’s different from the standard version online. Houdini made the recordings in 1914 on Edison wax cylinders, which weren’t found … Continue reading

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Houdini Makes Tom Interval Disappear

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