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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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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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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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Houdini’s Stamford Home Identified: 286 Webb’s Hill Road

By Tom Interval One of Harry Houdini’s better-known homes was (and is) located at 278 W. 113th St. in Harlem, his permanent residence. However, unless you’re a Houdini geek, you might not know the legendary escapologist and magician also owned … 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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