Friday, September 14, 2012

Radner-Houdini exhibit opens today in Holyoke

Houdini and magic memorabilia from the collection of the late Sidney Radner goes on display starting today at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The exhibition is called "Houdini, Holyoke & the Sidney Radner Collection" and runs until October 31.

Sidney Radner, who died last year at the age of 91, auctioned off much of his collection in 2004, including the Water Torture Cell. But he held on to a few precious items, including handcuffs, tools, and challenge broadsides. 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 tonight 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. You might also enjoy David Bryon's personal remembrance of Sidney at his blog, Baroque Potion.


  1. At BaroquePotion, I have republished the obituary for Sid Radner that I wrote for The Mandala Magazine shortly after his death. Folks interested in this show might also enjoy reading it.

    1. Excellent. Thank you for the link, David. I've added it to the end of the story.