Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The History Detectives crack the case

One of my favorite shows on PBS, the History Detectives, kicked off its new season with an investigation into Houdini.

A Chicago man was replacing roof insulation in his home when he realized that the old material contained scores of old posters for a “Harry Houdini” magic show. We determine the posters’ authenticity and to learn what kind of show Houdini put on in Chicago.

While the “discovery” that Houdini exposed spiritualists as part of his show during his final years was hardly a revelation to Houdini buffs, the segment was very well done and entertaining. It's also a poster that I've never seen.

Now the official website is offering several follow-up goodies, like a list of Houdini reading material, a quiz, the interview with Lance Burton in Realplayer, and a full transcript of the segment.

So if you missed out, hop on over to the Houdini episode section of the official website and download away.


  1. I did all the work! Here is the original posting I noted on the CINEMA TREASURES website. I guess you could say FRANK KOVAL helped.



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