|Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.|
As reported on Monday, the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has made their Harry Houdini Scrapbook Collection available online for free. I've been flipping through these incredible scrapbooks and deep inside one titled "Scrapbook about snake charmers and other conjurers" I found this full page article from the August 2, 1914 New York World Magazine about Houdini's Walking Through A Brick Wall illusion...with COLOR photos! (Well, colorized.)
These are the only known photos of this famous illusion, which Houdini performed only a handful of times at Hammerstien's Roof Garden in 1914. As far as I know, the second photo of the screened wall has only ever appeared in Patrick Cullition's Houdini The Key, and there only in black and white.
|Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.|
Below is the full page article which the Harry Ransom Center has graciously given me permission to post (click to enlarge). You can see the original in the Harry Houdini Scrapbook Collection HERE; view by "Content" and go to: "Loose material (The World Magazine) - view 19".
|Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. (Click to enlarge.)|
The World Magazine also did an article about Houdini's Vanishing Elephant in a 1918 issue. That article is said to show six (color?) photos of the illusion, including photos of the elusive cabinet. Unfortunately, the Ransom scrapbooks do not contain that article. In fact, The World's vanishing elephant article has vanished as thoroughly as Jennie herself.
Thanks again to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin for allowing me to share this Houdini treasure.