Thursday, October 9, 2014

The star of the show

I'm happy to report that last night's "Houdini in Hollywood" event at Hollywood Heritage Museum was a resounding success! We had a standing room only crowd, and I really think everyone enjoyed all aspects of the evening; from my talk, to Jim Steinmeyer's appearance, to the raffle and screening of Terror Island. I'll have a full report with pics up in a few days, but I didn't want to leave you all in suspense about our mystery display item -- the real star of the show -- so here it is:

Original lobby stand for Houdini’s silent feature The Man From Beyond (1922). The film was the first made for the Houdini Picture Corporation and featured Houdini as a man frozen in ice for 100 years.

This lobby stand has a unique hand painted image and originally came from Houdini’s personal collection. It is displayed here for the first time since 1922.

From the Collection of Mark Willoughby

Thanks to everyone who showed up last night. It was indeed a glorious return to Hollywood for Harry.

UPDATE: When Houdini returned to Hollywood.


  1. That mystery display item is killer, as was the entire Houdini In Hollywood event. Bravo!

  2. Standing room only...Houdini is still popular today, but that Potter auction last month resonated that.

    Look forward to the report, wish I had gone.

  3. Sure wish we could have been there.
    Dick and Dorothy
    The Houdini Museum
    Scranton, PA

    1. I would love to give the talk at your museum. Maybe someday we can work this out? :)