Thursday, June 6, 2013

Houdini documentary screening in Birmingham, Michigan

The award winning documentary Houdini will be screened at the Birmingham 8 Theaters in Birmingham, Michigan, June 7 to June 13. Director Gene Gamache will be on hand for a Q&A during screenings this Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Gamache will bring along a pair of Houdini handcuffs for display.

The Birmingham event is being touted as the theatrical "premiere" of the film. The documentary was originally released on VHS in 1996 by Unapix Entertainment as Houdini: People Came to See Him Die. It looks like it is getting a second life theatrically via Repertoire Films (check out the new trailer below). This is good news because this very fine doc has never made it to DVD.

"In the award winning film, Gamache uncovers the truth about Houdini's life. Recently uncovered personal papers and memorabilia help shed light on what drove Houdini to secure his place in history. In the documentary viewers will see never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with Houdini experts who focus on unlocking the myths surrounding one of the most compelling personalities of the 20th century."

Houdini will play on a double bill with another documentary by Gamache, A Circus Life, which profiles Charles "Chappie" Fox who rescued and restored hundreds of circus wagons.

The Birmingham 8 Theater is located at 250 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham, Michigan. More information about Houdini and future screenings can be found at

Thanks to S. Sobolewski for the tip.


  1. This is so cool. This documentaries is one of my favorites and I think one of the best ever done.

  2. The presentation at the Birmingham Theater was a very enjoyable evening.

    Mr. Gamache' documentary had excellent footage of Houdini in his prime,
    enjoyable interview clips with Sidney Radner, Dorothy Young and Rose Mackenburg, and film of Houdini's funeral that was in much better condition than the clips seen on the internet.

    A spirited and enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a wonderful documentary that
    should make an excellent addition to any collection once it becomes available on DVD or Blu ray.

    S. Sobolewski

    1. Terrific. Thanks for the update. Would have loved to have been there.