Meeting my heroes! Picking up the legendary Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz at the historic Hudson Apartments on Hollywood Blvd. The Grim Game and Terror Island producer Jesse L. Lasky built the Hudson in 1917. Did Houdini himself ever stay here? Possibly.
First stop: The Hollywood Heritage Museum barn, which was once housed offices of the Famous Players-Lasky studio where Houdini made The Grim Game. Dorothy shared stories of working with Tony Curtis with fans Joe Fox and Bullet Valmont.
Special surprise stop at The Magic Castle where Librarian Lisa Cousins slipped us into The Inner Circle and gave us a private look at their locked case of Houdini treasures. We also picked up our official photographer and cameraman for the day, the great and never shy, Joe Monti.
Just a short walk from the Castle is an unofficial "Magicians Row" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. First up on the boulevard is, of course, Houdini himself!
It's easy to get distracted in Hollywood. Back to the tour...
The apartment building where Harry Blackstone Sr. lived his final years. He passed away here.
The house where Ed Saint and Bess Houdini lived in the 1930s around the time of the Final Houdini Seance. A beautiful house (privately owned) that is remarkably unchanged.
Another very special treat. We were allowed behind the private gates of the "Houdini Estate" in Laurel Canyon for a tour with a true Houdini treasure, Patrick Culliton (Houdini's Ghost). Thanks to owner José Luis Nazar for letting us see the beautiful grounds...
...and some of the amazing Houdini artwork within.
Dick Brookz contemplates the unmarked final resting place of Edward Saint at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Got this shot right before we were warned by security that photos in the cemetery were not allowed. Too late!
The former First Spiritualist Church of Los Angeles where Houdini took a photograph that even he couldn't explain. Not looking so great these days. Could be this famous Houdini site won't be around for much longer.
The former Los Angeles Examiner building where Houdini did a suspended straitjacket escape in 1923. Remarkably unchanged, although the building is now empty. Another site to see before it possibly vanishes for good.
A short walk from the Examiner building is the Los Angeles Orpheum Theater where Houdini performed in 1915 and 1923. This is where Houdini had his verbal bout with heavyweight boxing champ, Jess Willard. Today it is the Palace, but the Orpheum name is still clearly visible on the building facade.
We planned our last stop to be Glendale Forest Lawn Cemetery to see the grave of Jacob Hyman, but we were running late and the cemetery was closed. So we instead concluded our day with drinks high above downtown at the Ace Hotel, which turned out to be a perfect way to end our Houdini Tour of L.A.
Who needs a beautiful view when you have Joe Monti!
My next LIVE TWEET event will be from the premiere of The Grim Game on Sunday @HoudiniWild (#houdiniday).