Thursday, March 2, 2017

Houdini found at the Winchester Mystery House

Reader Gary Frank sends in this photo he recently took at the famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. As you can see, they have hanging on the wall what appears to be an original Houdini lithograph, sometimes called the "Houdini for President" poster.

According to Gary, this poster was originally on display in their wax museum back in the 1950's - 1960's. It was recently discovered in storage and now hangs in the gift shop area that leads to the cafeteria. Last year one of these posters sold in auction for $12,000.

Gary Frank finds Harry in San Jose.

The Winchester Mystery House is one of the best examples of Spiritualism run amok. The owner, Sarah Winchester, heiress of the Winchester rifle fortune, was told by her spirit guides that if she kept adding to her house she wouldn't die. The result is a sprawling 160 room maze-like mansion with stairways that lead into ceilings and doorways that go nowhere.

Houdini visited the house after Sarah's death in 1922 (looks like the spirits gave her bad advice). An original newspaper article in which Houdini mentions his visit is on display in the museum. While the article is from 1924, it's likely Houdini visited in 1923 when he was on tour in the bay area.

I've always thought the Winchester Mystery House would be an ideal spot for an Official Houdini Seance. And with Harry now there to watch over the proceedings, even more so!

Thank you Gary. Check out his work at Propelled Pasteboards.



  1. Replies
    1. It was the first image of the real Houdini I ever saw.

  2. Yes!! I wonder if we could get permission for a Seance there?

    1. Don't know if we could do it in the house itself, but I'm sure they have areas that can be rented out for events.



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