Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Houdini the humorist

Here's a terrific twice-signed photo of Houdini currently on eBay. Not only is this an uncommon shot of HH, but I really love what he's written on the back: "It is a foolish thing for any one to sign an empty piece of paper. Houdini, Feb 2 – 1920."

For how often Houdini is depicted as being deadly serious, intense, and even morose (Death Defying Acts anyone), there is ample evidence, like this card, that he was actually pretty mischievous and witty. Just look at any of the existing film of Houdini and you'll see him always smiling and even playful before the camera. Anyway, I love that this card captures Houdini the humorist.


  1. ..this post made me smile...i've always believed that Harry had a humorous side...

  2. I've never seen this photo.

    I can't believe how many times I've enjoyed saying that about Houdiniana this year!

  3. I've never seen this photo before either! But it looks like it was taken the same day as this much more famous photo:

    And Houdini definitely did have a well-preserved inner-child all his life. :)

  4. Yes, definitely taken at the same time, but new to me!