Friday, August 31, 2012

Radner-Houdini rarities in Holyoke

The Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Massachusetts will display Houdini and magic memorabilia from the collection of the late Sidney Radner from September 14 to October 31. The exhibition is called "The Magic Collection of Sidney Radner". Among the items will be a unique Houdini bust, a pair of Bean Giant handcuffs, and several original challenge broadsides.

Photos by Don Treeger, The Republican

Sidney Radner died last year at the age of 91. He auctioned off much of his collection in 2004, but held on to a few precious items. Sidney's son, William Radner, now controls the Houdini-Radner rarities that are to be displayed.

The museum will host a special opening night reception featuring roving magicians on Friday, September 14 from 6 to 8pm. Tickets to this special event are $10. Regular admission to the gallery is $3.

The Wistariahurst Museum is located at 238 Cabot St., Holyoke, MA 01040. It was the site of last year's Official Houdini Seance. Visit their official website for more information.

Click here for a video of William Radner talking about the exhibition.

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