Monday, January 3, 2011

How did I miss this?

Somehow I completely missed this when it was released in 2002, but I just caught Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic on Netflix, and was thoroughly impressed with the Houdini episode. It's actually one of the better Houdini documentaries out there.

My biggest surprise is that it contains the rare footage of Houdini performing the "Thumb Racket," which I had only just learned about in Pat Culliton's Houdini The Key. But it's been right here all these years! The other episodes are first rate as well, although some are now dated.

There is also a Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic Part Two, which you can bet I'll be checking out soon.


  1. You know, I think what happened was there were a whole slew of magic docs that hit at the same time. PBS did The Art of Magic, A&E did The Story of Magic. I bought them all and they were all okay. This came after those and I just put it off...until now.

  2. You obviously have a lot of love for magic and Harry Houdini himself to put together such a quality blog site.
    I too am a fan of magic but possibly more so with ventriloquism.
    Growing up, the two always went hand in hand.
    There is a documentary coming out soon called Dumbstruck about ventriloquist and there culture.
    I'm not sure if this is up your ally but...wouldn't hurt to check out the Facebook site can find trailers, city infor where the film will be shown, and also try and win an Axtell Bird Puppet.

  3. Thanks. I'll definitely give that documentary as look. :)