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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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‘Harry Harry don’t go’: The Final Moments of Houdini’s Death

By Tom Interval Magicians the world over have heard of magic historian and author Edwin A. Dawes. But there’s another Edwin A. whose role in the history of magic and Houdini has been either overlooked or simply unknown: Edwin A. … Continue reading

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Niagara Falls Lovebirds

A rare, never-before-published photo of Harry Houdini and his wife Bess inhabiting this dimension to visit the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls, Canada. May your Valentine’s Day be equally anachronistic. Tom Interval

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