Friday, March 8, 2013

Bruce MacNab and David Saltman to speak at D.C. Magic Symposium

Bruce MacNab and David Saltman have been added to growing roster of speakers at The Washington Symposium on Magic History set for April 25-27, 2013 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda.

Bruce MacNab will be giving a special talk about his highly acclaimed new book, Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini. David Saltman, who runs the blog The Houdini File, will give a talk on inventor/magician Jerry Andrus. He will also share details about his recently completed historical novel that focuses on Houdini's time in Russia.

Another featured speaker will be William Kalush, co-author of The Secret Life of Houdini. There will also be a private showing of rare artifacts from The Library of Congress' Houdini and McManus Young Collections. The event is being hosted by Kenneth Trombly.

For more information and registration details visit the The Washington Symposium on Magic History at


  1. At first I thought Homer was planning to roast Kalush, McNab and myself, but now I realize he's referring to a typo in the first sentence!

    Thanks for the publicity, John. Jerry Andrus was a close friend and is my candidate for the title of The One & Only. I followed him around with a camera for more than 20 years. So am planning to give him the memorial he deserves. Among other things, I have a priceless clip of him (high school diploma) and Richard Dawkins (Oxford Ph.D. & world's foremost scientist) discussing brain evolution and epistemology as equals! This is after Dawkins is blown away by Jerry's illusions.