Thursday, January 1, 2015

Houdini in 1915

Welcome to another year of being WILD ABOUT HARRY! When a new year turns over, I always like to think about where Houdini was in his own life and career 100 years ago. So let's kick off 2015 with a look back at what Houdini was up to in 1915.

This post is now retired. 

But you will still be able to enjoy the story of Houdini in 1915 with the publication of my upcoming book.


19 comments:

  1. Great way to kick off 2015. Happy New Year John!

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    1. And to you, Joe. It's going to be a big year for Houdini and us.

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  2. The newspaper ads on this page on our site has pictures of ads in the local newspaper when Houdini appeared in Scranton in 1915.

    They were put in by the Poli Theater in Scranton.

    http://www.houdini.org/hinscran.html

    The Houdini Museum
    The Only Building in the World Dedicated to Houdini

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  3. First off, Happy New Year, Mr. Cox! I hope you had a good holiday. Secondly, that photo of Harry and Bess at Atlantic City is the single cutest shot I've seen of them. I think I know what my Christmas card is going to be next year... Cheers!

    -Meredith

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    1. Thanks Meredith. It is a wonderful pic. (As Leo says below, it's from the Henning book with has lots of candid and cute photos like this.) Hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!

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  4. Meredith--you might want to obtain a copy of Doug Henning and Charles Reynolds' Houdini, His Legend and his Magic. It contains more of those wedding anniversary photos in Atlantic City that you will enjoy.

    A great post John! 1915 was a pretty good year for Harry. I like the way The Scranton Truth describes him as the original. That photo of Houdini with his arms crossed looks about 1915 and it happens to be my favorite portrait photo of him.

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    1. Indeed, that photo is 1915, taken by the LaPine Studios in Seattle. It sold on eBay back in 2011.

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    2. It's funny, but I was thinking 1915 was a somewhat status quo year for Houdini, but when I started to look into it, I realized it's a pretty dynamic year. I'll be covering the Oakland engagement in detail later in the year.

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  5. The photo with Chaplin is much later than 1915, mid 20s, I'd say. They could have met in late 1915. as Chaplin was finishing his work for Essanay.

    Phil

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    1. I'm pretty confident it's 1915, Phil. There is a second photo taken at this same time with Bess and written on it is 1915. He's also wearing the same clothes (and has the same hair) we see in several other shots of him in the West in Nov/Dec 1915. And I believe Chaplin shot his Essanay shorts in LA, didn’t he?

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    2. Actually, it looks like Essanay's west coast studios were in Niles (Fremont) near San Fransisco. This is were Chaplin did some of his work. So if we trust this as 1915, Houdini could have visited Chaplin during his SF/Oakland engagement, which we know was in Nov. 1915. This was the same time he met Jack and Charmian London.

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    3. You've sent me down the rabbit hole, Phil! Looks like there's a Essanay movie museum in Niles. They show silent movies and programing. Wonder if they might be interested in my "Houdini in Hollywood" talk. :) http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org

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  6. Do you know what month Houdini perform in Toledo in 1915 ?
    Thanks !!

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  7. No sure why this post is suddenly seeing so much traffic. It's my most viewed post this week. Ironically, I'm working on a post about a 1915 escape that isn't mentioned here, so you 1915 fans have treat coming.

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    1. People are streaming in here from the Hamburger Box blog post. That packing case challenge took place in 1915.

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    2. Ohhh...okay. Funny, I've never seen such interest in one of these "year in the life" posts. I've actually been thinking I need to redo this one as it was my first and is really more just or a summery instead of the deeper dives that they've become.

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    3. It reads fine to me, like all the other Year in the Life posts. Silverman pointed out that more HH info would surface as time went on. Those YITL posts are going to need some gardening now and then after a deep dive.

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