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Blogcast #3: The Final Moments of Houdini’s Life

By Tom Interval Blogcast #3: The The Final Moments of Houdini’s Life is now live on YouTube. About two months after Harry Houdini died, Bess, his wife, wrote a heartfelt letter to magic collector Edwin A. Dearn and his wife, … Continue reading

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Houdini the Mystercist Wishes You a Happy Fourth of July

By Tom Interval Ladies and gentlemen, presenting  the mystercist, wizard, and expert in extrication and self-release, HOUDINI, assisted by MME. HOUDINI, in new illusions this Fourth of July, 1899, at the Orpheum, 110 S. Main St., Los Angeles, California. Both masters of … Continue reading

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Mademoiselle Houdini

By Tom Interval From the time Harry Houdini graced the stage in the early 1890s as one of the two Brothers Houdini, to the day he died in 1926, he earned a superabundant paper-flood of press coverage. Whether he was mentioned … 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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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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Happy Birthday Bess!

By Tom Interval Although many sources cite January 22 as Bess Houdini’s birthday, John Cox of Wild About Harry has uncovered evidence that Houdini himself celebrated Bess’s birthday today—January 23. At least, that was the case in 1921. The evidence? … Continue reading

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Bess Houdini with Mirror Cuffs and Houdini Bust

Here’s a magnificent photo of Bess Houdini I recently found on an auction website (below). The glittering goodies on the table include some pretty recognizable stuff. such as the original bronze Houdini bust, the legendary Mirror Cuffs, and the Hamilton & … Continue reading

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