Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LINK: Conversation with David Jaher

Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz of the Houdini Museum in Scranton have scored a nice Q&A with David Jaher, author of the new book, The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. Here's a taste:

Q. What was your process for researching The Witch of Lime Street? Was there anything you discovered in the course of your work that you found particularly surprising or intriguing? 
A. I had two main sources of research: letters between the various characters and scientists, which involved a thorough search of various archives in the United States and England; and a trove of major newspapers and magazines of the day. What particularly surprised me was how famous Margery, now largely forgotten, was in the 1920s. There are periods, such as the summer of 1924, where she is a front page fixture on the major newspapers in New York and Boston. Another aspect that surprised me was the level of interest at that time in the supernatural. Most people don't associate the Jazz Age with psychics and séances, but it was a time when there was an occult renaissance.

CLICK HERE or on the headline to read the full interview at the Houdini Museum website.

David has also launched an author's Facebook page where you can find links to more interviews and reviews. A full list of his upcoming book signings can be found at the official Witch of Lime Street website.

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World can be purchased at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK). It's also available as an Unabridged Audiobook.


Houdini and Margery rumble TODAY

David Jaher's eagerly anticipated new book The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World is released today. The author is launching the book a at special event at The Corner Bookstore in New York City at 6:00 PM (click for details). Reviews of the book have been universally positive.

It's not often we get a non-fiction work on Houdini this significant. The book is a whopping 436 pages and examines the full story behind Houdini's investigation of Mina Crandon aka "Margery." It also covers Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his own connections to Houdini, Margery and the spiritualist movement.

I'm 100 pages into the book and I'm enjoying it immensely! It's extremely well researched and very well written, and I'm thinking it might end up rivaling Christopher Sandford's Houdini and Conan Doyle as the best examination yet of Houdini's anti-spiritualism activities. I will post a full review later this month.

David Jaher will be making several appearances throughout October and November promoting the book, including giving an illustrated lecture at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn on October 16. You can view a full list of his upcoming appearance at the official Witch of Lime Street website.

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World can be purchased at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK). It's also available as an Unabridged Audiobook.


Monday, October 5, 2015

LINK: 10 nifty tips for becoming a criminal, according to Harry Houdini

Mental Floss has published a list of "10 Nifty Tips For Becoming a Successful Criminal, According to Harry Houdini" gleaned from his 1906 book, The Right Way To Do Wrong. This is pretty great stuff.


Escapology & The Challenges of Harry Houdini, Oct. 30

Here's another event to add to what's becoming one busy month for Houdini! Performance and Escape Artist Stuart Burrell will be giving a presentation on Escapology & The Challenges of Harry Houdini on Friday, October 30, 2015 at The Red Brick Barn in Rochford, Essex (UK). Here are the details:

The show brings together the various strands of Escapology, from the historic to the modern, from the death defying to the light hearted. Using actual challenges issued to the legendary Harry Houdini during his many UK Tours, there will be four specific escapes throughout the evening which are based on those Houdini himself faced. There will be the opportunity for the audience to take part if they wish to do so.

There will be four specific challenges and, in addition to volunteers from the audience, there is the additional option to purchase a 'be on stage' ticket to make sure you are selected, if you so wish.

This show will also pay homage to the forgotten Escapologists, those who performed the art, not just to entertain but also so that they may live. With escapes inspired by the lives of Jack Sheppard and The Iron Sampson among others.

Doors open at 19:00 with the show starting at 19:30.
There will be two intervals of 20 minutes
Refreshments will be available

Tickets to Escapology & The Challenges of Harry Houdini can be purchased HERE.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Houdini in Milano, October 22-29

A major Houdini exhibition will be part of Expo Milano 2015 in Milan, Italy this month. "Houdini in Milano" marks the first and only Houdini exhibition in Europe. It is being presented by escape artist David Merlini in cooperation with the General Commissioner of Hungary. Below are the details.

The Exhibition
The General Commissioner of Hungary for Expo Milan is proud to invite you to the first and only exhibition in Europe devoted to the Greatest Escape Artist of all time: Hungarian born Harry Houdini.

As a tribute to the legendary artist born in Budapest in 1874, Hungary offers a unique opportunity to experience his timeless magic.

On display are some of the most famous artifacts, handcuffs which once belonged to The Master, as well as some of the original props from the latest USA blockbuster Houdini, starring Oscar Winning actor Adrien Brody.

The Challenge
Visit the exhibition on the first floor of the Hungarian Pavilion, and try to decode the secret Houdini Safe… A special prize awaits you at the Hungarian Pavilion.

Get Your 30 Seconds of Fame
One of Houdini’s most famous escapes, the Chinese Water Torture Cell, has been the symbol of the art of escape for generations, only the bravest escapologists have ever dared to attempt this dangerous creation.

For a limited time of one week only, a real Water Torture Cell with almost one ton of water will be installed in front of the Hungarian Pavilion, awaiting you to experience this extravaganza. 
So bring your swimsuit and bathrobe, and get ready to hold your breath, while we will take an amazing underwater picture of you!

Join us in this journey through time and taste the magical life of Houdini. Time is ticking, visit the Hungarian Pavilion now!

What: Houdini Exhibition
When: October 22-29, 2015
Where: Hungarian Pavilion of Expo Milano 2015

Info/registration: www.expomilano2015.hu/houdini

Also don't miss "Houdini in Milano: The Grand Event" on October 29, 2015 at 9PM at the Expo Auditorium. David Merlini will attempt an updated version of Houdini's Chinese Water Torture Cell "in a way never before staged." Below is the show flyer and details. Admission is free but seats are limited. Book tickets here.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

The Houdini Box musical in the works

Author Brian Selznick has revealed in an interview with Playbill that he's currently working on a stage musical adaptation of his bestselling 2008 children's book, The Houdini Box. Says the author:

"I've just begun an adaptation of "Houdini Box" for the stage with Dan Moses Schreier. He's a brilliant sound designer and composer, and Jeff Bowen whose going to be writing lyrics for The Houdini Box. We've just begun collaborating. It was a matter of taking a 48-page picture book and figuring out what larger story from this would make sense and demand to be told on-stage, of course with the added curiosity of music and lyrics. What interests me most about the theatre and about musicals is the question, which anyone making a musical asks themselves, "Why are these characters singing? And why are they singing now?" With Houdini Box, we have Houdini himself, who was a creature of the theatre in so many ways, and the idea that the theatre itself becomes part of the way that we create it as a show - that's been very challenging and exciting to think about."

The Houdini Box was adapted as a successful musical play by The Chicago Children's Theatre in 2012. The book was also optioned in 2012 by Chernin Entertainment as a potential movie with filmmaker Kealan O'Rourke (the project appears to have stalled).


The Box Jumper in paperback

The Box Jumper by Lisa Mannetti is now available in a printed edition. This is Houdini fiction, but the plot description on Amazon is a little incomprehensible. A customer review by "Magical" gives a much clearer sense of what this book is all about, so I'm taking the liberty of using it here instead of the official blurb.

A magician posing as merely a curious Houdini enthusiast interviews one of the great illusionist's closest assistants, but as history and horror intertwine, it becomes increasingly clear that no one in this story is exactly who he or she claims to be. Skepticism meets uncertainty, fake psychics cross with dark forces, and one woman's recollections of the past unravel her hold on the present. The story works on many levels, and no matter how you interpret the various accounts, it will leave you guessing to the last page. I highly recommend to fans of dark literary fiction, historical fiction, and anyone who has an interest in Harry Houdini. -Review by Magical, August 21, 2015.

You can purchase The Box Jumper on Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TCM's airings of The Grim Game will use alternate scores

Surprising news today about this month's television premiere of The Grim Game on TCM. It appears the two showings on October 18th will each feature a different musical score. The following is from the TCM website:

TCM presents an all-night "Silent Sunday" evening of films once thought lost; all are TCM premieres. A gem of the collection is The Grim Game (1919), a murder mystery starring illusionist Harry Houdini, which was restored by Rick Schmidlin. Two showings of The Grim Game feature alternate scores, one by Brane Živkovic and another by Steve Sterner. The Živkovic score was given its world premiere at a screening of the film at the TCM Classic Film Festival in March.

As the blurb states, Brane Živkovic's score played with the film at the Hollywood premiere. It is also the score mastered to the Park Circus DCP which has played various venues over the past six months (a few theaters opted to perform original live scores). While Brane's score is excellent -- it's very much the sound of The Grim Game for me -- I noted in my review that it was somewhat controversial. At times the composer decided to use no music at all, making The Grim Game something silent movies never were -- silent. I suspect that the alternate score by Steve Sterner will be a more traditional continues silent movie score.

Steve Sterner is a well known accompanist to silent films. In 2013, The New York Times profiled him as the Piano Man of the Silent Screen. He's also credited with the score for the restoration of Erich von Stroheim's Foolish Wives (1922).

The Grim Game will air twice on TCM on Sunday, October 18 at 8:00 PM (ET) and at 11:45 PM (ET). The TCM site does specify which time slot will feature which musical score. The Grim Game will be part of a special evening of "Lost and Found" silent films which also includes Sherlock Holmes (1916) starring William Gillette.

A big thanks to Meredith Secaur for uncovering this news.

UPDATE: According to our friends at the Houdini Muesum in Scanton and composer Steve Sterner himself, the first airing at 8:00 PM (ET) will be the Brane Živkovic score and the second airing at 11:45 PM (ET) will be the new score by Steve. Steve's score is an all original piano score that he recorded in August.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bilson & DeMeo's Houdini Deception

Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo are a successful creative team who have written and produced Hollywood movies, television shows, and video games. They are maybe most famous for writing one of my favorite films, The Rocketeer (1991).

What I didn't know until recently was that Bilson & DeMeo's first collaboration was on a Houdini-Sherlock Holmes play while they were Theater Arts majors at California State University San Bernardino. It was called The Houdini Deception.

Set in England in 1908, the three act play featured DeMeo as Sherlock Holmes and Bilson as Houdini. Scenes were set at 221B Baker Street and the London't Hippodrome. For good measure, Mata Hari was also thrown into the mix.

The team split research duties, with DeMeo researching Holmes and Bilson tacking Houdini. "Houdini was a driven human being, a publicity crazy person," the young writer told The San Bernardino Sun-Telegram at the time. "He wasn't all sugar and spice. Hopefully, we'll reflect the real Houdini."

The Houdini Deception made it's debut March 2, 1978, and played several performances at the college theater. Said the writers: "We think we can get our play published for other colleges to do, but as far as film and television productions are concerned, it depends on how the marketable it is at the moment. We think we're realistic about it."

It's fun to see how these successful men entered their creative life via Houdini (and Holmes). One wonders if they ever entered the revolving door of development that was Ray Stark's Houdini movie in the '80s and '90s?

Below is original ad artwork for The Houdini Deception from Bilson and DeMeo's Pet Fly Productions Facebook page.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Justin Bieber channels Houdini

I was hoping to make it through my life without having to acknowledge the existence of Justin Bieber, and then he goes and does something like this. Bieber!!!

The October/November issue of Complex magazine has a cover story on the young singer featuring photos of The Bieb doing his best Houdini. The interview, which you can read HERE, discusses his "struggle to keep his head above water" and deal with traumas such as the removal of his wisdom teeth.

For completists only.


Monday, September 28, 2015

David Jaher at NYC Corner Bookstore, October 6

On October 6, author David Jaher will be appearing at Corner Bookstore in New York to launch his new book, The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. David will be reading from the book, answering questions and singing copies. Start time is 6:00 PM.

The Corner Bookstore is located at 1313 Madison Avenue on the corner of 93rd Street in New York City.

David will be making several more appearances throughout October and November, including giving an illustrated lecture at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn on October 16 (Facebook event page here). You can view a full list of his upcoming appearance at his website.

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World will be released on October 6 and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK). I'm currently reading the book and it's magnificent!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Houdini File finds Rabbi Weiss in Appleton

Our friend David Saltman of The Houdini File recently traveled to Appleton, Wisconsin and has filed some interesting reports. Not only did he take a nice photo safari of Houdini's home town, but David also did research at the Outagamie County Historical Society where he was able to examine rare documents and writings from Houdini's father, Mayer Samuel Weiss. Some great work here, so have a read via the links below:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Houdini Among The Spirits, Oct. 18

On Sunday, October 18, I will be giving an all-new lecture called Houdini Among The Spirits. I'll be doing the talk twice that day. The first will be at 11:00 AM in the Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry (CFI) in Hollywood. The second will take place at 4:30 PM at the CFI in Costa Mesa. The talk is being presented by the Independent Investigations Group (IIG) and is part of the CFI's regular "Feed Your Brain" series. Here's a description:

Harry Houdini’s role as a skeptic and debunker of fraudulent spirit mediums is one of the most fascinating aspects of his remarkable career. Yet very few people understand the whole story. Was Houdini’s crusade really motivated by his mother’s death? What role did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle play? What really happened between Houdini and the notorious “Margery the Medium”? And what about the sensational claim that Houdini himself escaped the grave in 1929? Using photos, film clips and rare documentation, noted Houdini historian and blogger John Cox (wildabouthoudini.com) offers fresh insights and tells the story of how Houdini spent a lifetime among the spirits.
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Yes, I realize this is the same day as TCM's airing of The Grim Game, so this is going to be one spectacular Houdini Sunday! Hope to see you there.

Houdini Among The Spirits
Sunday, October 18, 2015
11:00 AM: Center For Inquiry, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90027.
4:30 PM: Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627.

For more, visit the details page at the CFI Los Angeles website and the CFI Costa Mesa website.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Official Houdini Seance 2015 reaches initial funding goal

Great news. The Official Houdini Seance 2015 has achieved its initial Kickstarter campaign goal of $9000 to fund the nighttime seance a full 22 days early. That means the next step is to fund an extra program of magic, science and history events during the day on Halloween.

DAYTIME PRESENTATIONS ($9,000 more needed, $18,000 total): An afternoon forum with presentations by magicians, historians, escape artists (re-enacting Houdini's famous jail cell, water-torture cell, and upside-down straightjacket escapes), and leading authorities on: psychology, neuroscience, con-artistry, and technology/innovation.

Magician Robert Strong is hosting the 2015 seance which will be held at the historic Brava Theater in San Fransisco. Tickets are available via the Official Houdini Seance Kickstarter page with special premiums for different ticket levels, including a seat the seance table itself!

Below is current lineup of "summoners" who will be speaking and performing at this year's event (including yours truly).

For more information visit The Official Houdini Seance 2015 website or Facebook page. Again, tickets to the event are available via the Official Houdini Seance Kickstarter page.

Hope to see you there!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

The best forgotten Houdini book

Continuing my examination of books about Houdini using images and insights from my own collection.

Houdini's Fabulous Magic by Walter B. Gibson and Morris N. Young is the best forgotten Houdini book. I say that because when one thinks of books on Houdini's methods, one tends to turn to Houdini The Key by Patrick Culliton, The Secrets of Houdini by J.C. Cannel, or even Gibson's earlier work, Houdini's Escapes and Magic. Maybe because Fabulous Magic contains some reprinted material from the earlier Gibson book it tends to be thought of as a somewhat recycled work. But it's actually one of the very best books on Houdini's major feats and methods and maybe the best book for the layperson. It also contains historical tidbits that aren't found elsewhere. So let's remember it today!

Walter B. Gibson and Dr. Morris Young make an excellent team. Gibson knew Houdini and Young had one of the best Houdini and magic collections in the world (it's now in the Library of Congress). So Houdini's Fabulous Magic is packed with rare images on almost every page. It was certainly the best illustrated Houdini book up to that time. Also, for me, it feels like Gibson is finally willing to part with secrets that he had kept to himself – or at least out of print – for years.

The chapters on Houdini's challenge handcuff act and jail escapes are among the best, offering a whole host of clever methods that Houdini employed beyond the "key in a kiss." A clue to why these chapters are especially strong might be found in the acknowledgements:

Reminiscences of early Houdini days were personally provided by Lewis Goldstein, only living member of the Houdini show during the Handcuff Era of the early 1900s. Goldstein also worked with the Hardeen company during that same period, and the authors appreciate his first-hand recollections.

Goldstein is likely the source of the following story of a jail escape. It's not something I've read elsewhere, and I love how it shows that Houdini and Hardeen could work together spontaneously:

On one occasion, Houdini went to look over a jail cell accompanied by his brother Hardeen. The lock was formidable, but of the spring latch type. While the police chief was asking Houdini why he didn't try to make the escape then and there, Houdini suddenly decided that he would.
Houdini whispered a quick word to Hardeen and while Houdini was being searched, Hardeen pulled a sheet of paper from a notebook, wadded it tightly, and edged close enough to the door to jam the wad into the latch socket. Houdini was put into the cell naked, keyless, and presumably defeated; but the police chief and the jailer had scarcely turned away before they heard the door clang again behind them and there was Houdini free!

Houdini's Fabulous Magic also includes a final chapter "About Houdini" which features autobiographical excerpts by the great magician himself. And while the book has a very good chapter on the Water Torture Cell, it doesn't reveal the method. Some secrets should be kept.

Publication history:

Houdini's Fabulous Magic was first published in hardcover in 1961 by Chilton Book Company. The cover art has Houdini's name running vertically down a dark green background, somewhat recalling a spirit slate. As far as I know, it was only published in the United States. The book went through at least five hardcover printings with the same dust jacket artwork (I have a 5th dated August 1968).

The one and only paperback edition (that I know of) was published by Barns & Noble Books in 1977.

First hardcover (1961) and first paperback (1977).

Houdini's Fabulous Magic would benefit from the great Houdini renaissance of the mid 1970s. The book was reprinted in a new hardcover by Bell Publishing. This time the jacket featured the famous image of Houdini in handcuffs (dated 1903 in the book itself) against an orange background. The copyright page only references the 1961 edition, but it appears this hardcover might have been released in October 1976.

Bell hardcovers from the 1970s.

Bell later released another hardcover edition with new dust jacket art that added the descriptive: "His own scrapbooks reveal the secrets of 38 major illusions." Once again, the year of publication is unclear because the copyright only references the 1961 edition. But from my own recollection, this grey jacketed edition replaced the orange edition in my local magic shop around 1978.

Houdini's Fabulous Magic long ago vanished from print. But if one is interested in learning Houdini's methods, hunting down one of these old copies would be a fabulous way to do so.

Enjoy these other selections from the WILD ABOUT HARRY bookshelf:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Houdini & Doyle is set in 1901

Irish actress Amy Huberman has revealed an important detail about the upcoming TV series Houdini & Doyle. It is set in 1901. The actress dropped this info during an interview with the Irish Mirror Online. Huberman appears in one episode. It's not revealed what role she plays.

This means the series is set early in the career of Houdini, who first arrived and found fame in England in 1900. In reality, Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first met in 1920 during Houdini's final visit to the UK. But Houdini & Doyle is a fictional series that features the two men investigating paranormal mysteries, so expect it to play fast and loose with the timeline.

Houdini & Doyle stars Michael Weston as Houdini and Stephen Mangan as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It will air next year on ITV Encore (UK), Global TV (Canada), and FOX (U.S.).


LINK: Jack London, Public Intellectual

VERSO, the blog of the Huntington Library, has a nice article by Matt Stevens about author Jack London. The piece references Houdini several times and features this excellent photo of Houdini and London from the Huntington Library collection. Houdini met Jack and his wife Charmian in Oakland during his 1915 tour of the West Coast. The Houdinis and the Londons spent that Thanksgiving together.

The Huntington Library also houses the private diaries of Charmian London, which include coded references to a possible affair with Houdini after Jack's death. These diary passages were uncovered by Kenneth Silverman for his book Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss.

Click here or on the headline to read the full article at VERSO.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Studio City Milk Can mystery solved

Thanks to our friend Joe Fox, the Studio City Milk Can mystery that I blogged about last week is solved.

The crux of the mystery was whether or not the Milk Can now residing at The Magic Apple in Studio City is the same can used in the 1976 TV movie The Great Houdinis. The Magic Apple Milk Can is notable for having arms that lock the lid of the can to the shoulders as seen in a famous Houdini poster (side by side image above). The only other place I recall seeing a physical can with this unique configuration was in The Great Houdinis.

But it turns out the Magic Apple Milk Can was actually owned and used by escape artist Steve Baker. It was later purchased from Steve by magic consultant Tony Clark, and is today rented out primarily for use in film and TV. While it's a little disappointing that it's not the Can used in The Great Houdinis, it's still pretty exciting that it's the Can used by Steve Baker, who was one of the great escape artists of the 1970s and 80s and a legend in his own right. Below are photos of Steve performing his Milk Can.

The Milk Can used in The Great Houdinis was owned and loaned to the production by comedy magician and collector Abb Dickson. Abb's Can has the same unique cover configuration as the Baker/Apple Can. Below is a photo from the January 1989 issue of Genii showing Dickson on the set of The Great Houdinis with technical adviser Harry Blackstone Jr. and his Milk Can. As to the claim that it's an original Houdini Milk Can...well, know that Abb made the same claim about the Water Torture Cell he provided to the film. But on close examination, one can see that Abb's USD is actually made from a modern shower stall.

Escape artist Mario Manzini appears to have acquired Dickson's Milk Can at some point. He performed it for several years and then advertised it for sale in 1997 as the can "used in the movie The Great Houdinis." As far as I know, it last changed hands in 2013 when it was sold by magic dealer Taylor Reed. Today the whereabouts of the Milk Can is unknown to me. If the new owner is reading this, I'd love to share a recent pic.

Thanks to Joe Fox for the information and photos. Also thanks to Jon Oliver and Dean Carnegie.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Houdini at the 67th Emmy Awards

The Emmy escaped Adrien Brody and Uli Edel at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards held last night in Los Angeles. Brody and Edel were nominated for Best Actor and Best Director for the Houdini miniseries. The awards went instead to Richard Jenkins for his performance in Olive Kitteridge and Lisa Cholodenko for her direction of Olive Kitteridge.

Was Adrien Brody in attendance? Well, check out this clip from Andy Sandberg's opening monologue:

Brody actually was there. He was back in his seat during the Best Actor award presentation by Lady Gaga, and later presented the Emmy to Viola Davis for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

Houdini was nominated for a total of seven Emmys. It came away with one win for "Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Special." That award was presented to the sound team at the Creative Arts Emmys held on September 12 and broadcast Saturday night on FXX.

With its one win, the Houdini miniseries ties TNT's Houdini biopic in which Judy Crown won the Emmy for "Outstanding Hairstyle for a Miniseries, Movie or Special" at the 51st Emmy Awards in 1999.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Amazingly life-like Houdini figure by Casey Wong haunts Monsterpalooza

Special FX Makeup artist Casey J. Wong has created an incredible life-size figure of Houdini which he is displaying this weekend at Son of Monsterpalooza, a convention of monster makeups and memorabilia held twice yearly in Burbank, California. Casey's Houdini stands 5ft 5in and is made of silicon with yak hair individually placed strand by strand. He is dressed in a vintage 1910 tuxedo and shoes from the same year. Casey says his Houdini is meant to depict the great magician near the end of his life, a time the artist feels Houdini's face showed all the character from a full career. One very unique feature is that Houdini's hands are actually modeled from the hands of magician David Blaine.

I gotta say, this figure is mind-blowing and downright eerie to behold in person. It was also clear from the time I spent at the show today that Casey Wong's Houdini is a huge hit with the attendees. Even though this was a monster convention, there was a never-ending stream of people taking photos and having their photo taken with the "Master Mystifier of the Age." A nice touch is that Casey had a recording of Rosie Sweet Rosabel playing in the background

Below are more photos and a brief interview with Casey Wong who describes the secrets of his Houdini.

The good news is you still have a chance to see Casey Wong's incredible Houdini figure because Son of Monsterpalooza runs one more day tomorrow, Sunday, September 20 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel located at 2500 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505.

Casey says he is not yet sure what he will do with his Houdini likeness when the show is over. Let's hope it doesn't vanish, because this is really something that should be seen and enjoyed by all fans of magic and special effects makeup.

You can see more of Casey Wong's work on his Facebook page.

A monstrously big thanks to John Cannon of Aladdin Books and Joe Fox for the alert.



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