Archive for the 'Harry Houdini' Category

The Smithsonian Channel Looks At The Death Of Houdini

Posted by Michael on October 5th, 2020

I will admit I forget about the Smithsonian Channel… I had it for a couple years, it disappeared from my provider, then it returned. But last night while flipping through channels I ran across the new series The Curious Life And Death Of… which just happened to be featuring Harry Houdini. The episode will be replayed a couple times this Friday night (October 9) and it may or may not show up on CBS All Access soon as Smithsonian is one of the channels recently added to the service.

A Little Los Angeles Magic History

Posted by Michael on April 30th, 2020

YouTuber Barry King posted this quick video featuring the Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

The Life And Afterlife Of Harry Houdini

Posted by Michael on October 23rd, 2019

Joe Posnanski’s new book The Life And Afterlife Of Harry Houdini officially hit the shelves yesterday. Bookpage has a review on the new biography and Literary Hub has an excerpt focused on Houdini’s arrest for fraud in Germany.

New Houdini Exhibit In Milwaukee

Posted by Michael on October 9th, 2019

We are coming up on the anniversary of Houdini’s death and Jewish Museum of Milwaukee has a new exhibit featuring the life and career of the world’s most famous magician featured in this WISN piece.

Also, the Curiosity blog has an exploration of Harry’s infamous friendship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Last Act of Harry Houdini

Posted by Michael on October 3rd, 2019

The Company O Theatre is presenting Barry Killerby’s The Last Act Of Harry Houdini at London’s Cockpit from October 29 until November 2 with a special late night performance on October 31, the anniversary of Houdini’s death. Tickets are available here.

The Grim Game Will Screen Tonight

Posted by Michael on May 3rd, 2019

Long feared lost but restored by TCM in 2015, Houdini’s The Grim Game (1919) will be screening tonight at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in (where else) Sierra Madre, California. If you are in the area, this is an extremely rare opportunity to see Harry Houdini’s silent adventure film the way it was meant to be seen: on the silver screen.

Happy Birthday Harry Houdini!

Posted by Michael on March 24th, 2019

Born on this day (March 24) in 1874, Harry Houdini is still the most recognized name in magic even though he died almost a century ago. We think Houdini would have been thrilled to realize he was still dominating magic after all these years!

The footage above is not a “real” escape but footage from one of his movie serials… do not forget, Houdini was a real star who made movies, printed dozens of articles (mainly ghostwritten by others, but that was a widely accepted practice at the time) and performed live. In fact, to continue celebrating Houdini’s birthday you may want to check out Under the Pyramids, an article where Houdini tells the true tale (or maybe that should be tall tale) of spending the night in an Egyptian pyramid. It was actually penned by famed pulp horror author HP Lovecraft and you can read the text on this site dedicated to Lovecraft’s works.