Mass Live.com reports that the Official Houdini Seance was held last night at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Among the inner circle was Teller of the magic duo Penn & Teller; Houdini biographer Kenneth Silverman; Bill Radner, son of Sidney Radner; Houdini collectors Roger Dreyer, Tom Boldt, Larry Weeks and escape artist Alexandria the Great, who performed an underwater escape after the seance.
Several officers of the Springfield chapter of the Society of American Magicians, no. 17, were also guests, including dean of the society Tom Gentile.
This year's seance was as much about honoring Sidney Radner as it was to contact Houdini. Sid, who died this year at age 91, had carried on the annual seance tradition since the 1940s.
"I was a great fan of Sid’s," said Teller. "He was a fascinating man of many talents."
The medium this year was Kandisa Calhoun from Berkeley, California.
The no-show appears to have been Houdini himself, although Roger Dreyer commented on Facebook how the inner circle got to watch Houdini's spirit enter Calhoun's body.
"Well, at least that's what she said," says Roger. "I say no more."
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- The Milk Can
- Jail Breaks
- Murderers Row escape
- Siberian Transport Van
- Scotland Yard
- Bridge jumps
- Belle Isle Bridge jump
- Harvard Bridge jump
- Suspended Straitjacket
- The Overboard Box
- Mirror Handcuff Challenge
- Sea Monster Escape
- Weed Chain Tire Grip
- Buried Alive
- The Shelton Pool Test
- Full Bibliography
- By Houdini
- For Kids
- Wild About Harry Bookshelf
- Houdini His Life Story (1928)
- Houdini The Man Who Walked Through Walls (1959)
- Houdini The Untold Story (1969)
- The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini (1993)
- Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss (1997)
- The Secret Life of Houdini (2006)
- The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini (2012)
- The Witch of Lime Street (2015)
- Houdini interviewed by Louella Parsons (1918)
- Marie Rahner Hinson (Bess Houdini's sister)
- Karen Mann (Daughter of Jack Price)
- Anna Thurlow (Great granddaughter of Margery)
- Dorothy Young (Houdini assistant)
- Theo. Hardeen (radio interview)
- Rick Schmidlin (Grim Game restorationist)
- Michael Weston (Houdini & Doyle)
- Roger Dreyer (Houdini Museum of New York)
- Los Angeles Conference on Magic History (2015)
- Official Houdini Seance, San Francisco (2015)
- Houdini Historical Roast (2015)
- Midwest Magic History Weekend, Marshall (2015)
- The Grim Game premiere in Hollywood (2015)
- Houdini at Hollywood Heritage (2014)
- Official Houdini Seance, Fort Worth (2012)
- Magic Collectors Weekend, Chicago (2011)
- Tony Curtis at The Magic Castle (2009)