Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Houdini exhibition opens in Budapest

A special exhibition of Houdini memorabilia from the collection of escape artist David Merlini opens today at the National Széchényi Library in Budapest. The display includes authentic Houdini artifacts along with props from the 2014 Houdini miniseries, which was shot entirely in Budapest with David as technical advisor.

Last night an opening ceremony was held in the Library's Ceremonial Hall. The exhibition will be on display for one month. Here are some photos of the exhibition and pics from last night's opening.

The National Széchényi Library's Houdini exhibition runs from January 27 to February 27, 2016, in Building “F” of Buda Castle. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. More information can be found at the library's official website.

Thanks to David Merlini and Barbara Kiss. Photos courtesy David Merlini and the Országos Széchényi Könyvtár Facebook page.



  1. Is that chained guy in the middle with the suit and tie a wax dummy? He looks real!

  2. I like the look of this wax dummy much better than that other HH doppelganger we saw a while ago.

  3. The Houdini Mannequin is awesome!

  4. Thanks! All credits go to Janos Megyeri, Hungarian sculptor.

  5. Is that a replica Margery cabinet ?

  6. Yeah, that's a replica on the left in photo #8.

  7. Many thanks Sir, I was sure I remembered one of the previous posts detailing that the original cabinet hasn't been found.

    1. Yes, the original Margery box is MIA, but there are rumors it still exists. But why does David have a repro? Could it be this was made for the Brodini miniseries, but was never used? Is there a cut scene? I've been meaning to ask David about this.