Monday, October 24, 2011

85 years ago: Houdini at the Garrick

It was 85 years ago today that Houdini's full evening roadshow opened at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan. The great magician had just traved from Montreal, and the arrival of Houdini in town was always an event. The evening show was sold out.

However, audience members noted that Houdini didn’t quite seem himself that night. He appeared to be carrying on a conversation with someone in the wings, and was unable to complete some of his magic effects in the first part of the show. His chief assistant, Jim Collins, had to take over at several points.

Houdini cut the escape section of the show and appeared to rush the final act in which he exposed the methods of fraudulent mediums.

It was 85 years ago today, and something was wrong with Houdini...

Advert for Houdini's performance at the Garrick comes from The Carnegie Blog.


  1. The beginning of the end for Houdini. That pic comes from my old blog and unforunately I don't know who sent me the picture.

  2. If you are the owner of the ad/pic and want me to take it down or credit you, just shoot me an email. It's really a cool thing to feature. But I can also replace it with a pic of the theater if need be.