Archive for the 'Harry Houdini' Category

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.

The Jewish Museum Of Maryland’s Houdini Exhibit On

Posted by Michael on January 8th, 2019

Houdini’s life is getting renewed interest thanks to the new Science Channel show Houdini’s Last Secrets and Maryland Public Television recently visited the Jewish Museum of Maryland to learn more about their special Houdini Exhibit, which closes next Monday!

Houdini’s Last Secrets: First New Magic Of 2019

Posted by Michael on December 26th, 2018

The Science Channel’s new series Houdini’s Last Secrets premieres on Sunday, January 6. You can read more about the show over on the Wild About Harry site; site owner/author John Cox will be part of the show.

In Memory Of The Great Harry Houdini

Posted by Michael on October 31st, 2018

Ninety two years ago today we lost Harry Houdini, the man whose name is still synonymous, even after a century. Because there are so many people who are unaware of the true story of Houdini’s final days (thanks, in no small part, to the big screen biography starring Tony Curtis) we present a Today I Found Out video from earlier this year.

Harry Houdini Turns 144

Posted by Michael on March 23rd, 2018

It’s going to be Houdini’s 144th birthday Saturday. How could we not show a video clip of the world’s most famous magician?

Jail Cell Escape Challenge!

Posted by Michael on March 23rd, 2018

This weekend is Harry Houdini’s birthday… there aren’t a whole lot of new Houdini videos out there but we did find this video on YouTube posted by user JiggidyNDG showing a visitor’s view of the jail cell escape challenge in the Houdini exhibit at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Harry Houdini’s Spirit Speaks (Again)

Posted by Michael on November 3rd, 2017

After like 90 years of nothing, we have a second appearance this week by the spirit of Harry Houdini! This time there is no medium, just a “Wonder Box” that allows for spirit communications. This video is from Huff Paranormal, the people who created the Wonder Box.

Look everyone, I have an awful cold and am a bit overwhelmed by Houdini’s sudden chattiness so I am calling it a day. Have a great weekend everyone!