Thursday, March 3, 2011

Skirball announces special Houdini programs with Culliton, Kalush

The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles has released full details on their Houdini Art and Magic and Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age exhibitions, set to run April 28 through September 4, 2011. They've also announced several special Houdini-themed programs in May, June, and July:

  • LECTURE: “The Secret Life of Houdini,” by William Kalush, director of The Conjuring Arts Research Center and author of The Secret Life of Houdini. (Sunday, July 24, 2:00 p.m.)
  • EXCURSION: A visit to L.A.’s famed Magic Castle, including an illustrated lecture on Houdini’s experiences in Hollywood by Houdini expert Patrick Culliton, a tour of the Houdini séance room, a performance by Jim Bentley, an accomplished magician and escape artist who performs in the style of Houdini, plus a catered lunch. (Friday, June 3, 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)
  • FILM: Free matinees of films about Harry Houdini and the influence of magic in Western society, namely Houdini (1953) (Tuesday, May 3, 1:30 p.m.); Ragtime (1981) (Tuesday, May 10, 1:30 p.m.); FairyTale: A True Story (1997) (Tuesday, June 7, 1:30 p.m.); and The Great Houdini (1976) (Tuesday, June 14, 1:30 p.m.).
  • FILM: Double-feature screening of two serials starring Harry Houdini: Terror Island (1920) and Haldane of the Secret Service (1923). (Sunday, July 10, 2:00 p.m.)
  • LATE-NIGHT EVENT: Magic-inspired evening featuring live music, a DJ, magicians, film screening of the Houdini serial Master Mystery, poetry readings, and gallery tours. Performers TBA. (Friday, July 8, 9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.)

These are just the major Houdini related events. Other magic themed events include programs with Marvyn Roy (“Mr. Electric”), Mike Caveney, Max Maven, and Joshua Jay.

PRESS RELEASE: Houdini Art and Magic
PRESS RELEASE: Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age


  1. I'm going to living there for 3 months. :)

  2. Daaayummm! I wish I had the $ to go to L.A. this year, if only for that. :\

  3. I was bummed I couldn't make it to the NYC exhibit. Not so bummed anymore. With the addition of Masters of Illusion, the John Gaughan replica USD, and now all these cool programs, I think the LA show is going to surpass NY.