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Photo from The Original Houdini Scrapbook by Walter B. Gibson.
From Victorian to contemporary performers, many magical entertainers have made a lasting impression on the world of performing arts. There were women as well as men who toured the country performing magic. There were families of five and six generations who followed in their magical forefather’s footsteps (the Bamberg and Herrmann families were the magical royal dynasties of their time.) In every past decade there have been performers who became household names. Today large numbers of entertainers including David Copperfield, Ricky Jay, Jami Ian Swiss, David Ben, and the Bay Area's own Jay Alexander practice the art of magic worldwide.
SAVE THE DATE!!
Join us on January 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm when the Elizabeth S. and Alvin Fine Museum will sponsor a gala night of historical and contemporary magical entertainment! Guests will take a trip back through time experiencing the wonders of famous Victorian magicians and also be treated to contemporary San Francisco Bay Area performers representing the present and future of Jewish magicians. Do you know about The Great Lafayette? Max Malini? Adelaide Herrmann? These, and possibly Houdini himself (who might make a surprise appearance) are just a few of the samplings from the magicians who will be wowing the audience with their magic!
Please register for this very special event so we know to expect you.
The Great Houdini: His British Tours successfully pieces together Houdini's appearances using archive material, old newspaper clippings and extensive research. His friendship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is also documented, along with his involvement with séances and spiritualism.
The book gives the most comprehensive account of his time within the UK and brings to life the excitement and thrills of many of his appearances. It contains many photos and adverts from his shows, some of which have not been seen since they were originally published over 100 years ago, and offers an insight into the life of one of the world's greatest entertainers.
WARNING! SEEKING STOLEN PROPERTY!
If this rare Houdini, newspaper ad from the Temple theater in Toledo, (frame is 11x17) turns up for sale on any online auction site or is seen anywhere in the Bowling Green, Toledo Ohio area, please let me know immediately or report to Bowling OH, Police Dept. Unfortunately it was stolen, along with a few other select items, last weekend from the Woodland Mall, sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning.
If it does turn up, the perpetrator will be prosecuted, anyone who may purchase this stolen property will also be prosecuted for receiving known stolen goods.
Do me a favor and share this on your pages and help me out circulate this. Thanks so much. -Rick Allen
"I did this Houdini movie that was on for two nights with Adrien Brody on the History channel. I wrote that. And the History channel cut it to ribbons. But you can get it on DVD, it's considerably better on DVD. They call it the expanded version, but what they really mean is the overseas version."
When a man on the run seeks out the magician for help from a deadly pursuer, the only outcome Houdini sees is death. Even so, he must perform his most dangerous illusion to lure a supernaturally strong man to Hollywood, where he and a band of other uniquely gifted friends can confront him. It's a risky move that will force Houdini to decide who can live and who must die.
An origins story of The Sixteen Burdens, this standalone novella takes place fifteen years before Gray Studebaker finds himself in the middle of the hunt for Newton's Eye. Read Houdini's Last Trick before The Sixteen Burdens to get the full backstory, or wait until after you jump into the full-length novels.
"David Jaher’s stunning and brilliantly written account of the battle between the Great Houdini and the blond Witch of Lime Street illuminates a lost period in American history. Improbably, it also offers significant lessons about the formation of people’s beliefs and the sources of social divisions—scientific, political, or otherwise. Jaher helps to explain how and why the most highly educated people can diverge on fundamental matters, even when the evidence is altogether clear."
"The grounds comprise nearly five acres, having a frontage on the east side of Vermont Avenue by a depth of 300 feet on Clinton Street. The landscaping effects are elaborate, including a wide sweep of lawn, numerous shaded walks and drives and gardens, both formal and informal. The entire property is surrounded by an ornamental brick wall that is the height of a man's head and which is declared to have cost a small fortune in itself."
The culmination of several years of effort--collections from the American Museum of Magic are now available through the Google Cultural Institute. This is a major accomplishment for a small museum and we're delighted to have this finally up and running. The Magic Museum is home to the nation's largest publicly accessible collection of artifacts, exhibits, and live performance experience dedicated to this fascinating topic. Worth a trip to Marshall, Michigan to see it. In the meantime, follow the link to the GCI for a taste of what awaits.
"Look here, you. I don't care how big you are or who you are. I paid you a compliment when I asked you to be one of my committee. You have the right to refuse, but you have no right to slur my reputation... let me tell you one thing, and don't forget this, that I will be Harry Houdini when you are NOT the heavyweight champion of the world."
When I declined to come down to the stage, this should have settled the matter and the stage "hero" should have gone about his work. The only reason in the world he "worked up a scene" was because he knew my name would be a boost for him.
Willard's grumbling may have been nothing more than a cover for stage fright. Although he had once killed another fighter, Bull Young, in the ring, he was known to have a peaceable disposition and to be embarrassed by his awesome size. Some even thought he lacked fighting spirit.