A Columbus resident himself, Joe chronicles Houdini's appearances in the capitol city in 1907, 1911, 1915, 1916 and 1925. Houdini had planned on bringing his "3 Shows in One" back to Columbus in early 1926, but cancelled when he learned he'd be required to perform the 2 1/2 hour show three times a day and four times on Sunday.
The booklet includes photos and newspaper clippings from Joe's collection. One interesting detail is after Houdini successfully performed a suspended straitjacket escape from the Citizen's Trust and Saving Building at High and Gay streets, the Postmaster gave him a cigar. Did he smoke it?
Joe made copies of Houdini!!! in Columbus, Ohio available at last week's 14th Los Angeles Conference on Magic History. To get your own copy, send $5.00 to: Joseph Hanosek, 1236 Castleton Road North, Upper Arlington, OH 43220.