Houdini and Lovecraft knew each other well. Lovecraft ghostwrote Houdini's short story, Imprisoned with the Pharaohs, and at the time of Houdini's death they were collaborating on a book called The Cancer of Superstition. The two men have also been teamed up posthumously in many fictional adventures.
I've heard there is an Edgar Allan Poe desk in the collection of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. As they also house a large collection of Houdiniana, can we assume this was the desk Houdini owned?