Monday, August 10, 2015

Houdini's Shelton test on Decades

I'm afraid I completely missed this one, but on August 5th, the show Through the Decades with Bill Kurtis featured Houdini's Shelton Pool Test. So far I haven't been able to track down any more info., so I don't know whether the show was all about the test or just got a mention as having taken place on August 5th (the show is a "this day in history" type of thing).

Through the Decades airs on the Decades network. The network was launched last spring by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television.

Thanks to Dustin Stinett for the alert.



  1. Why wasn't this event filmed? Many of his straight jacket escapes done outside were filmed why not this? Could it have been filmed and it is now lost or sitting in a private collection somewhere? It's 1926 so filming of events such as this were common.

    1. It could have been filmed. At least Houdini's entry and exit. Can you imagine if film turned up? Be amazing.

  2. One of the cameramen can be seen on the extreme right with his box and tripod. The close-up of the above photo of HH stepping out of the box must have been from this fellow:

    1. Yes, that's a good catch. Indeed. And almost at this same moment.


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