Thursday, June 26, 2014

S.A.M. exhibition disappearing in July

If you haven't seen the Society of American Magician's Hall of Fame collection at the Whittier Historical Society & Museum in Whittier, CA, know that the clock is ticking. The exhibition will be closing after a "Grand Finale Magic Show" event on July 19.

The exhibition, which opened in 2012, features an impressive display of rare Houdini artifacts, including a dress worn by Bess, Houdini's die box, a brick from 278, and three handcuff displays created by Edward Saint in 1936. On one of these boards is the original Russian Manacle and key. This was a handcuff custom made by Houdini at the height of his Handcuff King career, and along with the Mirror and the French Letter Cuff, is probably the most famous and recognizable Houdini handcuff.


There are some amazing non-Houdini magic artifacts in the exhibition as well, including; T. Nelson Downs' top hat, Cooke's own linking rings with carrying case, and Alexander Herrmann's original cups and balls. There are also some beautiful original Thurston posters.

It's unclear if the collection will move to a new location or go back into storage.

The Whittier Museum is located at 6755 Newlin Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601. Admission is free, but you might to call ahead and make sure the exhibition is open that day. I've heard tales of people traveling there only to discover the exhibition doors locked. Also, the light had been burned out in the Houdini case, making it impossible to see the items inside. Hopefully that has been corrected.

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1 comment:

  1. A brick from 278? What the heck? Somebody walked by the place with a hammer and chisel?

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