Monday, November 7, 2016

New Houdini book by Wayne Alan coming in 2017

Broadway World reports that magician Wayne Alan will publish a new book called Houdini – The Inside Story of His Life and Legend on March 24, 2017. The day will also see the start of a two-day "Houdini Festival" to be held at Alan's Historic North Theatre in Danville, VA. The article states:

Mr. Alan has traveled around the world researching Houdini in libraries, theatres, and private collections. He has collected thousands of pages of documents, letters, stories and memorabilia relating to Houdini. His collection is so extensive that he even owns architectural artifacts from the hospital room where Houdini died in 1926.

According to the bio on his official website, in 1979 Wayne recreated Houdini's suspended straitjacket escape at the location of Washington DC's Keith's Theatre where Houdini did the escape in 1922.

I'm looking forward to his book!

UPDATE: This book did not come out on March 24 as announced. As far as I know, it has yet to appear.



  1. Possibly the most significant Houdini news of 2017. Could this bio be the successor we've all been waiting for to Silverman's Houdini!!!?

    1. That's a high bar. I've emailed Wayne to find out more. Sounds like it might be self-published, so who knows the scope.

  2. As you pointed before, its difficult to find a publisher if your bio doesn't read like a screenplay. I was relieved that James Kaplan's two part bio of Sinatra was the real deal.

  3. Ooh this is exciting!

  4. I've talked to Wayne about this in the past. He has some unique information that I've never heard before. I'm sure there will be a lot of eye opening revelations.

  5. Excellent. Also hoping Mr Saltman's book will be out in 2017

  6. I believe Saltman's book will be a historical novel on Houdini's exploits in Russia.