I also hope you've enjoyed my reviews and fact checks of each episode. I know some may have felt this was a 10 week distraction from "real" Houdini history, but I feel like a major event such as a television series IS part of Houdini's history. We would certainly now consider the Tony Curtis Houdini movie part of what has helped keep Houdini's name and fame alive and thriving in popular culture. I see the same potential with Houdini & Doyle.
Time will tell how many people this series motivates to pick up a book about Houdini or a buy a magic trick. In my own reviews, I've tried to anticipate and answer questions about the real Houdini raised by each episode. This series provided a great opportunity to teach, and in the past ten reviews, we've had a chance to discuss Houdini's religious beliefs, reincarnation, opium use, Robert-Houdin, his parents, presidents, the Water Torture Cell, buried alive and, of course, his friendship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I've also personally had a blast on what's been a year and a half journey. Since the series was first announced on March 19, 2015, I've been aggressively following every development from production through promotion. I was excited to participate in a press junket at the Magic Castle, and thrilled to have been invited to live tweet the premiere beside star Michael Weston at Fox Studios. This post actually marks my 100th Houdini & Doyle related post.
As to the series itself, I greatly enjoyed all ten episodes. This was a quality series that showed respect for Houdini and provided a nice biographical sketch. And considering the amount of Houdini projects in development in Hollywood, we could have wound up with something much harder to stomach -- Houdini as a ghost cop anyone?
I also really enjoyed Michael Weston's take on the young Handcuff King. I said in my first review that he gave us the most likable and accessible Houdini since Tony Curtis, and I still believe that. For many, he IS now Houdini. And Rebecca Liddiard is a true joy and an actress I hope to be seeing more of.
So a hearty congratulations to everyone who made Houdini & Doyle a reality. Here's hoping we can do it all again with a Season Two.
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