Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tom Interval talks Houdin on Radio New Zealand

Magician and historian Tom Interval of Houdini was interviewed live on Radio New Zealand's "Afternoons" with Jim Mora about his discovery of Harry Houdin ("The Great Polynational Mimic"). Tom has written e-book about Houdin that he is offering free at Smashwords.

The interview is excellent, but Tom has posted one point of clarification on his Interval Magic Facebook page:

"During the interview, Jim asked me if it was possible that Houdini had heard of Houdin. My tongue-tied response was that "Houdini was about 12 years old at the time," but obviously Houdini was 12 in 1886. I meant to say that Houdini was born about 12 years after Houdin was getting press between 1860 and 1863 and that Houdini borrowed the second part of Robert-Houdin's last name around 1890. So it was entirely possible that Houdini heard of Harry Houdin but unlikely since the press Houdin got was probably not picked up outside of New Zealand."

You can listen to the interview at Radio New Zealand or just click below.

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