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Showing posts with label Special events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Special events. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LINK: Houdini's Hollywood hijinx revealed @ the Barn

My upcoming Houdini talk at the Hollywood Heritage Museum on October 8 got a nice mention on the excellent Arts*Meme website. Click the headline to have a read.


Tickets to Evening @ the Barn: Houdini in Hollywood can be purchased via brownpapertickets. You can read more details about the event HERE.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Magic Castle members 20% discount to 'Houdini in Hollywood'

Looks like Houdini has brought two great Hollywood-based institutions together. Hollywood Heritage and The Magic Castle have teamed to offer special 20% discount tickets for AMA members to my "Houdini in Hollywood" event on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the event or via brownpapertickets (bring your AMA membership card to show at the door).



The Hollywood Heritage Museum is located at 2100 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90068, directly across from the Hollywood Bowl (enter on Odin St.). Parking is plentiful and free. Phone is (323)-874-2276. For more visit hollywoodheritage.org.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tickets now available for "Houdini in Hollywood"

Online tickets are now available for my "Evening @ the Barn: Houdini in Hollywood" event at the Hollywood Heritage Museum on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm. Here are full details:

Evening @ the Barn: Houdini in Hollywood

Hollywood Heritage will kick off the 2014-2015 season with a special "Evening @ The Barn" hosted by screenwriter and blogger John Cox of WILD ABOUT HARRY (www.wildabouthoudini.com). Learn about Harry Houdini's amazing life and career with a special emphasis on his life-long involvement in cinema. It's not generally known that Houdini produced and starred in several silent films, including two features for Famous Players-Lasky Paramount. But Houdini's film career began even earlier than that! In many ways, Harry Houdini was a film pioneer, and that is the story that we will unlock. John's talk will feature dozens of rare photos, as well as film clips of the real Houdini in action. The evening will include a screening of Terror Island (1920), one of Houdini's legendary films produced by Jesse Lasky.

Also in person: Jim Steinmeyer, who is an internationally respected designer of magical illusions and theatrical special effects. His best known illusions include Origami, Interlude, and Walking Through a Mirror. In addition, he is a best-selling author, consultant and producer. Jim will be signing two of his Houdini-related books, Hiding the Elephant and The Last Greatest Magician in the World, in our museum shop.

Plus! Refreshments courtesy of Grub Restaurant. Displays of Houdini memorabilia in our revolving gallery and our famous raffle where you can win a chance to visit the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood! This promises to be magical, memorable evening for everyone!

You can buy advance tickets NOW via brownpapertickets. Tickets are also available at the door, but know that The Hollywood Heritage Muesum has a capacity of 110 and I've seen events sell out before.

Hope to see you there!


The Hollywood Heritage Museum is located at 2100 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90068, directly across from the Hollywood Bowl (enter on Odin St.). Parking is free. Phone is (323)-874-2276. For more visit hollywoodheritage.org.

UPDATE: Magic Castle members 20% discount to 'Houdini in Hollywood'.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Houdini returns to Hollywood, Oct. 8

Now that we are on the other side of the Potter & Potter auction and the Houdini miniseries, what's the next big Houdini event in 2014? Well, for me, it will be this.

On Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm, I will be giving a Houdini talk at Hollywood Heritage as part of their "Evening @ The Barn" series. I'll be covering Houdini's life and career with a special emphasis on his life-long involvement in cinema. My talk will include photos and film clips, and I hope to have on display some rare Houdini movie memorabilia. The evening will also include a screening of one of Houdini's movies.

I'm working hard with Hollywood Heritage to make this a true Houdini event, so I hope to see you there. I'll share more details when I know them myself.


Houdini @ the Barn -- Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm. Visit Hollywood Heritage and click the link for "Evenings @ The Barn" for more details.

The Hollywood Heritage Museum is located at 2100 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90068, directly across from the Hollywood Bowl (enter on Odin St.). Parking is free. Phone is (323)-874-2276. Tickets are $5.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members. Seated in limited so arrive early.

UPDATE: I've now created a Facebook Event page for Houdini @ The Barn.

UPDATE 2: Tickets now available for "Houdini in Hollywood".

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Party like it's 1899

Yesterday was not only the big Potter & Potter Houdini auction, but it was also the day of the Great Escapes Houdini House Parities. This promotion for the upcoming Houdini miniseries invited people to host their own Houdini viewing parties. The party pack included a DVD of Night One, a poster, coasters, a Houdini cocktail shaker, a red carpet, and other nifty Houdini tie-in swag.

Photo by lmp1983.

Visit the Great Escapes Houdini Premiere House Party page to see photos of the various parties around the country, and also read some first reactions to Night One.

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Houdini airs September 1 & 2 at 9/8c on HISTORY.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scary Harry

On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending ScareLA in downtown Los Angeles where I took part in a panel discussion called "Los Angeles Horror Stories." The talk was moderated by Scott Markus and Conner Bright of LA Hauntings (who you will recall co-hosted the recent Haunted Houdini Tour of LA). Also on the panel was Richard Carradine of GOULA who discussed Valentino (definitely the #1 sighted Hollywood ghost), and James Zeruk, author of Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide. My topic was, of course, Houdini!

We had a nearly full house and I was the first to kick off. Scott, Conner, and I discussed the Laurel Canyon house, the McVickers photo (the First Spiritualist Church is just blocks from the convention hall), the final Houdini seance on the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel, and Houdini and spiritualism in general. Richard and James followed and each spoke with great expertise on their topics. Scott had done his research and had pulled several terrific photos (including some great Houdini shots) from web, which his shared on the large double screens in the hall as we talked. All in all, it was great fun and a successful panel.

Our talk was originally planned for 1:30, but it was moved to a larger hall and changed to 3:30, so I had some free time to explore the convention floor. ScareLA is a convention devoted to all things Halloween. It was filled with high-end costumes, makeup, props, and professional Haunted House technologies. There was some really wild and, yes, scary stuff!

Thanks to ScareLA and  LA Hauntings for allowing me to bring a little Houdini into the house. While I don't have a photo of our talk, below is a photo taken during a panel hosted by The Magic Castle that gives a good feel for the scene.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

30 Days of Houdini at The Magic Detective

Our good friend Dean Carnegie is holding a "30 Days of Houdini" event on his blog Carnegie: The Magic Detective. Dean is doing a new blog post about Houdini everyday for 30 days as a countdown to the September 1st premiere of HISTORY's Houdini miniseries.

A blog post about Houdini everyday!? That's madness! Oh, wait...

Dean is already several posts in with some great info on Tony Pastor's Theatre, Huber's Dime Museum, and a thoughtful series of posts called The UnMasking of Harry Houdini. So click on over and soak up some Houdini history before you get splashed with Hollywood fiction.

LINK: Houdini returns to Amherst

Here's an article from the Amherst News about last Sunday's "Houdini Day in Amherst", Nova Scotia. The event was organized by Bruce MacNab (below), author of The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini, and celebrated Houdini's August 3, 1896 performance at the Amherst Academy of Music.


Click HERE or on the headline above to read about the "Magical history tour of Houdini’s Amherst".

Friday, August 8, 2014

Scaring up Houdini at ScareLA


This Sunday, August 10th, I will be part of a panel discussion at this year's ScareLA in Los Angeles. I'll be joining Scott Markus, Conner Bright, James Zeruk, and Richard Carradine on a panel called "Los Angeles Horror Stories" at 1:30pm (update: panel is now at 3:30). I'll be there to field questions about Houdini haunts in L.A. Sounds spooky!

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Also on Sunday at 11:30am, there is a panel called, "Behind the Illusion: Halloween at The Magic Castle." So you can make this a full day of magic and ghosts.

ScareLA takes place on August 9th and 10th at The Reef (formerly known as LA Mart) in downtown Los Angeles. The address is 1933 South Broadway, 90007. For more information check out the official ScareLA website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Houdini Day in Amherst, August 3

Bruce MacNab, author of The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini, has helped arrange a special Houdini Day in Amherst, Nova Scotia, this Sunday, August 3, 2014. The event celebrates Houdini's historic August 3, 1896 performance at the Amherst Academy of Music.

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Starting from the Town Hall at 2pm, Bruce will lead a walking tour of four sites visited by Houdini during his stay in the city. Magician Margaret Steele will perform at all sites, including the infamous and haunted Esther Cox property. Then, at 7pm in Victoria Square, escape artist Lucas Wilson will perform Houdini's upside down straitjacket escape from a 100-foot crane. All events are free.

Sounds like a great day and a terrific way to commemorate Houdini's time in Amherst.

Thanks to Bruce MacNab.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Potter & Potter auction lots now LIVE

The online catalog for Potter & Potter's historic auction of Houdiniana is online now at Live Auctioneers. I'll take look at some of the treasures contained in this amazing collection next week, but for now you can discover them on your own HERE.

You can also buy or download the auction catalog at the Potter & Potter website.

The auction takes place at 10:00 am on August 23rd at Potter & Potter's Chicago Gallery. Previews take place in the gallery in the days preceding the auction from 10am - 5pm.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Potter & Potter Houdini Auction set for August 23


Potter & Potter have announced August 23, 2014 as the date of their special Houdini Auction in Chicago. Here are some details from the auction house website:

Our summer auction will feature choice memorabilia related to the most famous magician and escape artist the world has ever known: Harry Houdini. Among the featured items are:

-Lithographs, Broadsides and Challenges, featuring the iconic "King of Cards" poster used in Houdini’s earliest days as a circus performer.

-Photographs and Ephemera, among them Houdini family pictures, postcards, manuscripts, autographs and correspondence, including unpublished images and documents.

-A Recently-Discovered Houdini Scrapbook, as well as a Houdini family scrapbook, and other personal artifacts.

-Handcuffs, Magic Props, Locks, and Escape Devices, including unusual restraints used by Houdini and his brother, Hardeen.

-Associated Memorabilia, chief among them documents related to Hardeen, as well as others magicians and celebrities who crossed Houdini’s path; and additional rare magicana.

The auction takes place at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 23rd in our Chicago Gallery. Catalog ship approximately three weeks prior to the sale. Previews take place in the gallery in the days preceding the auction, from 10am - 5pm, CST.

It looks like that "recently discovered Houdini scrapbook" is the lost spiritualism scrapbook that WAH played a role in revealing last year. This will certainly be a highlight of the auction, which sounds like it's going to include a truly remarkable selection of Houdini rarities.

For more details and to order the Houdini Auction catalog, visit the Potter & Potter website.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Haldane of the Secret Service screening in Coney Island, July 19

Houdini's 1923 film Haldane of the Secret Service will be screened with live piano accompaniment by Liz Magnes at the Coney Island Museum in Coney Island, New York, on Saturday, July 19 at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance here. FREE POPCORN!

Of course, Coney Island was a special place for Harry and Bess Houdini. They met and married in Coney Island and returned each year on their anniversary. A perfect place to screen a Houdini movie.

The Coney Island Museum is located at 1208 Surf Avenue. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Host a Houdini premiere house party

Looks like HISTORY is starting to unleash promotions for their upcoming Houdini miniseries starring Adrien Brody and Kristen Connolly. For starters, here is a chance to host your very own Houdini viewing house party. What is this exactly? Heck if I know. But for those who want to party like it's 1899, click the link below. And check out what appears to be our first look at the Houdini poster art!

Host a HOUDINI Great Escapes Premiere House Party


The 4-hour Houdini miniseries will air over the course of two nights on HISTORY starting September 1, 2014.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Flim Flamming last night in Malibu

The new play by Gene Franklin Smith, Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter, had its "Red Carpet Gala" opening at the Malibu Playhouse last night. The sold out event was a big success and the play itself was terrific! I'm hoping to get my review up by Monday, but in the meantime, enjoys these pics from last night.

Houdini here!

Jim Bentley entertains some early arrivals.

Cast and crew. Bravo!

With Bess (Melissa Kite) and Margery (Sabra Malkinson).

With Houdini himself (Rick D. Wasserman).

Jim Bentley's lock collection on display.

Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter is written by Gene Franklin Smith and directed Thomas James O'Leary. The cast includes Rick D. Wasserman as Houdini, Melissa Kite as Bess, Sabra Malkinson as Margery, Cameron Mitchell Jr as Dr. Leroi Crandon, Peter Van Norden as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Gigi Bermingham as Lady Jean Conan Doyle.

Tickets may be purchased through the box office, online at malibuplayhouse.org or by calling 323-960-7711. Malibu Playhouse is located at 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265.

For more information visit the Malibu Playhouse website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE: REVIEW: Flim Flam is for real.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Houdini materializes in Malibu tonight

Houdini returns to the stage tonight in the new Malibu Playhouse production, Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter. The play has its "Red Carpet Gala" premiere this evening at 8pm and then runs through August 3rd. I'll be at tonight's opening and will tweet pics of the festivities @HoudiniWild. I'll also be posting a review of the play in the coming days.

(Photo: Brian McCarthy)

Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter is written by Gene Franklin Smith and directed Thomas James O'Leary. The cast includes Rick D. Wasserman as Houdini, Melissa Kite as Bess, Sabra Malkinson as Margery, Cameron Mitchell Jr as Dr. Leroi Crandon, Peter Van Norden as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Gigi Bermingham as Lady Jean Conan Doyle.

Tickets may be purchased through the box office, online at malibuplayhouse.org or by calling 323-960-7711. Malibu Playhouse is located at 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265.

For more information visit the Malibu Playhouse website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter Castle Perk, July 1

Attention AMA members. The Magic Castle will hold a "Castle Perk" on Tuesday, July 1, with the team behind the new play, Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter, which opens this Friday at the Malibu Playhouse. The cast will be presenting snippets from the show, and a reservationist will be on hand of arrange discounted seats to the full production for Castle members.


The event will be held in the Inner Circle, Tuesday, July 1, at 8PM. See you there!

For more information and to buy tickets to Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter, visit malibuplayhouse.org or call 323-960-7711. Malibu Playhouse is located at 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

When Bess and her dress returned to Hollywood

We know in her later years, Bess Houdini frequented clubs and restaurants along Hollywood Blvd., such as Sardi's. But in 1995, Bess returned to Hollywood! Okay, not the Bess, but the first Bess of the cinema, Janet Leigh.

Ms. Leigh came to Collectors Book Store, then located at Hollywood and Vine, to sign copies of her first novel, House of Destiny. Collectors Book Store was a Mecca for film buffs and collectors, and was co-owned by our good friend and Houdini buff, Mark Willoughby. Many Hollywood treasures passed through this store for more than 40 years before it closed in 2008.

Below is a photo of Janet Leigh at that very book signing. But what you are going to want to notice is the dress standing beside the Houdini poster behind Ms. Leigh. This is the dress she wore in the 1953 film during the scene in which the Houdinis are stood-up by reporters on their return to America. It's owned by a private collector, but Mark arranged for it to be displayed at the signing. It's great to see that it still exists.




By the way, this wasn't Janet Leigh's first signing at Collectors Book Store. In 1987 she signed copies of her autobiography, There Really Was A Hollywood. I missed this '95 signing, but I was there for her first signing in '87. You gotta love how she inscribed my book...


Thanks to Mark Willoughby and Collectors Book Store for the photos.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

FREE digital preview of The Secret Adventures of Houdini, Book 2

Today is "Free Comic Book Day" across the U.S., and the talented team who brought us The Secret Adventures of Houdini are offering a FREE digital preview of the next book in the series, The Golem of Prague. Here are the details:

Share in the highly anticipated return of Harry Houdini this Free Comic Book Day, 2014. The story of illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini returns to life as illustrator Sean Von Gorman and writer Todd Hunt introduce the newest, bite sized, installment of The Secret Adventures of Houdini graphic novel series. Discover another untold story from the final years of Harry Houdini’s life as his connection to the “Golem of Prague” is revealed.

In this free offering for Free Comic Book Day 2014, witness how the “Golem of Prague” connects the final moments of Harry Houdini’s last adventure to his thrilling return. Travel back to a world of magic and mystery as another piece of Houdini’s secret past leads up to his newest adventure and continue the story when The Secret Adventures of Houdini – Book Two is released in the fall of 2014 through ALTERNA Comics.

This special free issue can be downloaded now at www.comixology.com.

Free Comic Book Day is held the first Saturday in May each year. Visit the Free Comic Book Day website for more information and to get a list of participating stores in your area.

You can buy The Secret Adventures of Houdini, Book 1 on Amazon. For more information on the series, check out the official website.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

HISTORY preparing "Houdini Live"

As a companion to their upcoming Houdini miniseries, HISTORY will air a 2-hour live television special featuring escape artist Robert Gallup called Houdini Live. Here are the exclusive details from The Hollywood Reporter:

History has resisted jumping on the live stunt bandwagon. But later this year, the network will mount its first live stunt with deadly escape artist and magician Robert Gallup.

For History's two-hour Houdini Live, which will air as a companion to its Adrien Brody Houdini miniseries (set to bow this fall), Gallup will attempt to free himself from a multilayered trap involving straitjackets, handcuffs and shackles at the bottom of a rock quarry lined with active explosives. History executive vp and general manager Dirk Hoogstra predicts it will be "jaw dropping."

But he notes that the two-hour Houdini Live is an organic fit with the scripted Houdini and does not require a significant additional marketing spend in order to promote it.

"I don't see [live stunts] as a long-term strategy," adds Hoogstra. "For us, it's more opportunistic. I'd rather spend on what could potentially be a new long-running series franchise."

As you can sees, THR confirmed my own speculation that the Houdini miniseries is now set to air in Fall and not next month as reported in Entertainment Weekly.

UPDATE: So this never happened. WTF?

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