Monday, February 4, 2013

Rare German Water Torture Cell poster uncovered

David Haversat, a dealer of vintage and antique magic, has uncovered an extremely rare German one-sheet for Houdini's Water Torture Cell. The poster has never been mounted and the colors are still bright. The paper is brittle, but entirely intact. The poster will undergo necessary restoration and be properly mounted on acid free paper and canvas.

David says, "As a dealer you often have to make the decision of what to keep and what to sell. I tend to keep what appeals to me and the pieces I realize may never pass through my hands again, so in this case this is a keeper for sure!"

There are now three known examples of this poster. One is said to be in the Library of Congress, the other is part of Roger Dreyer's Houdini Museum of New York, and the third now in the Haversat Collection.

Nearly two years ago a Houdini Metamorphosis lithograph was located in an attic in France. "You never know what you may find in a basement or barn," says David. "I've located some of my best and unique finds in an attic in Maine and a basement in Massachusetts. Ironically the one owned by Dreyer was originally found folded in a book from a second-hand store near Cambridge Massachusetts. Who knows, there may just be another waiting to be discovered."

Congrats David!


  1. Houdini performed a lot in Germany. I bet there is plenty to find ..posters and photos if one knew where to look.

  2. Sure, Houdini performed in Europe, Australia, and the U.S. There must be more posters and photos out there like that USD photo from Scotland a while back--if one knows where to look. That's the rub here. We're open to suggestions.

  3. It's always wonderful when I Houdini poster shows up. What a great find!

  4. People from all over the world follow this web site. One thought is to pick say 3 events that we know of that occurred in Houdinis life and issue a "challenge" to readers who may live close to the city where they occurred. Let them scour libraries looking for old newspaper article as an example to find yet undiscovered info.