Now Gordy tells us that the aviation manual has found a new home in David Copperfield's "International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts" in Las Vegas. Says Gordy:
"It was a great adventure researching the Houdini aeromanual. I found out a lot of things I never knew about Houdini and his aviation cohorts. Before I started researching the book, I didn't even know he was an early aviator. I had never heard of Montraville M. Wood. I met a lot of Houdini enthusiasts via the internet while doing my research and want to thank you guys for helping me piece together clues on the book. It's really been a honor finding this book some 40 plus years ago at my great aunt's house and rediscovering it a few months ago, and playing history detective on the origins of it for a couple of months, and then selling it to David Copperfield. I'm sure David will appreciate the historical value of the book.
I hope in some way I have contributed in shining a light on an aspect of Houdini's life that many people never knew. That Houdini was a member of a small group of aviators who pioneered air flight and changed the world. I think Harry was very proud of it. Cheers."
Congratulations to Gordy and to David Copperfield. There are precious few mementos of Houdini's brief aviation career, so this is pretty special. I think it flew into good hands.
Read the section of my book called the inventors. M. M. Wood was an amazing man. As I recall, he had over a hundred patents, mostly to do with aviation. He first applied gyroscopes to aviation. The fact that this book is signed to him is major. I believe he invented what Selbit renamed "the wrestling cheese."ReplyDelete
M.M. Wood was my great grandfather. He was a brilliant man.ReplyDelete