Houdini always drew immense crowds when he performed in the nation's capitol, which was a frequent stop on his East Coast tours. It was said that he attracted over 15,000 witnesses along Pennsylvania Avenue in 1916—at the time, more than any other event in D.C.'s history aside from an inauguration—to see him attempt a death-defying escape while hanging upside down in a straitjacket. In 1926, he also came to D.C. to testify before Congress on the subject of spiritualism and the city's fortune telling laws.
Join us at Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply Co., nestled inside the historic Tivoli Theater, where we will delve into the collection of Ken Trombly, attorney, magic enthusiast, and Houdini collector. In an interactive presentation, Trombly will illuminate Houdini's rise, legendary performances, crusade against spiritualism, death, and the rumors of his return from the great beyond.
In the second act, enjoy cherry pie (a Houdini favorite) as escapologist and historian Dean Carnegie recreates Houdini's stunts: liberating himself from ropes and handcuffs (an authentic pair of Houdini-owned cuffs will be on display), among other devices. For his greatest trick, he'll ask a volunteer or two from the crowd to participate... if you dare...
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Obscura Day 2017 event website.
Thanks to Julie Seigel.
UPDATE: Dean Carnegie now has a report on the day at his blog: HOUDINI Takes DC 2017.