Happy Thanksgiving from Young Houdini

 

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Tom Interval, Interval Magic, Houdini Museum

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Note: The image above is Photoshopped, which should be pretty obvious to graphic designers and Houdini enthusiasts.

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Houdini Room at Copperfield’s Musha Cay

By Tom Interval

I was browsing YouTube tonight and came across a promotional video for Musha Cay, an island in the southern Bahamas owned by illusionist David Copperfield.

During the video, I was surprised and pleased to see that one of the buildings at the resort—The Landings— houses a Houdini room featuring original memorabilia including a very familiar Houdini bust, handcuffs, posters, photos, and a billiards table supposedly owned by the legendary escapologist. And, according to several media sources, including a recent Playboy article, there’s part of a water torture cell on display.

Here are a couple of promo pictures of the room. I’d snap some photos myself, but I can’t exactly afford the $39,000 per day it would cost me to vacation there. Maybe one of you wealthy hedonists out there can take some photos for me or treat me and my girlfriend to a well-deserved trip (*wink* *wink*).

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In Honor of Mick Hanzlik

By Tom Interval

Mick Hanzlik

Mick Hanzlik

Mick Hanzlik, master locksmith, Houdini expert, and magician, died on November 1 of cancer.

I met Mick six years ago in Ontario, California, during Mark and Sheila Cannon‘s escape-artist convention. Although he and I were not friends, we were in contact on and off since the convention, and I regret not communicating with him more often.

Mick Hanzlik

Mick Hanzlik

A member of the Master Locksmiths Association and The Magic Circle, Mick operated a locksmith shop for 34 years on the south corner of Lutterworth Rd. and Covington St. in Northampton (Northamptonshire, England).

Armed with a brilliant locksmith’s mind—no doubt inherited from his father Josef, also a locksmith—Mick created one of perhaps only seven replicas of the famous Mirror handcuffs Houdini escaped from in 1904 at the London Hippodrome.

Mick’s death is a huge loss to the locksmith, escapology, magic, and Northampton communities. All the very best to his family and friends.

Mick Hanzlik

Mick Hanzlik

To learn more about Mick, you can browse his website, listen to his 2014 interview on BBC Radio Northampton, watch a 2008 Documentally video podcast, or peruse some of his YouTube videos, including one showing the Mirror-cuff reps in action! (See embedded media below.)

 

BBC Radio Northampton Interview:

 

Documentally Video Podcast:

 

Mick Hanzlik’s Replica Houdini Mirror Handcuffs:

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Houdini Died Today, 89 Years Ago

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San Fran Pre-Seance Show Tickets Still Available

By Tom Interval

The Official Houdini Seance 2015Tickets are sold out for the Official Houdini Seance 2015; however, you can still reserve your seats for the 2 and 5 p.m. magic and skepticism shows that will precede the main event at the historic Brava Theater in San Francisco this Saturday (Halloween). Follow this link for more info and to buy tickets: http://houdini-seance.com/#tickets.

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Listen to Houdini’s Final Seance (1936)

By Tom Interval

Knickerbocker Hotel, Los Angeles, 1938

Knickerbocker Hotel, Los Angeles, 1938 (Photo: Mushet Photography, Security Pacific National Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library)

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 some people put it. If contact wasn’t made within 10 years, the pact would be broken.

So for 10 years following the iconic escapologist’s death, Bess held annual seances, the final of which took place on the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel in Los Angeles, October 31, 1936, 8:30 p.m. Predictably, Houdini didn’t materialize. “I do not believe that Houdini can come back to me or to anyone,” said Bess in her closing statements after the seance. “It is now my personal and positive belief that spirit communication, in any form, is impossible.”

She restated this belief many times in the years that followed. On February 4, 1943, she told the Associated Press she was doubtful about any form of life after death. “I would like very much to believe that I was again to see Harry and my mother,” she said. “But I am skeptical. No one has been able to prove there is a hereafter.”* She died exactly one week later.

To listen to the 1936 seance, please visit my Houdini YouTube channel or play the embedded video below.

*Source: Schenectady Gazette, February 5, 1943

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Houdini Jack-o’-Lantern 2015

I just finished carving this year’s Houdini jack-o’-lantern—one of my favorite annual traditions. Hope you enjoy and have a fantastic Halloween! You can watch a seven-second video of it on the Houdini Museum YouTube channel or below (embedded).

Houdini jack-o'-lantern. Copyright 2015 Tom Interval

Houdini jack-o’-lantern. Copyright 2015 Tom Interval

Houdini jack-o'-lantern. Copyright 2015 Tom Interval

Houdini jack-o’-lantern. Copyright 2015 Tom Interval

Houdini jack-o'-lantern. Copyright 2015 Tom Interval

Houdini jack-o’-lantern. Copyright 2015 Tom Interval

An earlier stage: transferring the drawing. Copyright 2015 Tom Interval

An earlier stage: transferring the drawing. Copyright 2015 Tom Interval

The drawing transferred. Copyright 2015 Tom Interval

The drawing transferred. Copyright 2015 Tom Interval

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