Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan. The great magician had just traved from Montreal, and the arrival of Houdini in town was always an event. The evening show was sold out.
However, audience members noted that Houdini didn’t quite seem himself that night. He appeared to be carrying on a conversation with someone in the wings, and was unable to complete some of his magic effects in the first part of the show. His chief assistant, Jim Collins, had to take over at several points.
Houdini cut the escape section of the show and appeared to rush the final act in which he exposed the methods of fraudulent mediums.
It was 85 years ago today, and something was wrong with Houdini...
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