Thursday, November 1, 2018

Houdini a no show, but 2018 seances still a success

Houdini once again decided to skip the seances held in his honor last night. But if the true goal was to celebrate his life and entertain, then this 92nd anniversary was a great success!

The Official in Baltimore.

In Baltimore, "The Official Houdini Séance" was held at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, site of the current exhibition, Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini. The inner circle was made up of Houdini luminaries: Bill Radner, Tom Boldt, Arthur Moses, Ken Trombly, Bruce Averbook, Fred Pittella, Robert Somerdin, Midge Markey, and David London. Also joining was Debbie Hardeen, Houdini’s great-grandniece, her first time participating in an Official Houdini Séance.

Despite the best efforts of Psychic Medium Maggie Salter, Houdini did not come through. The seance was live tweeted by JMM Marketing Manager Rachel Kassman, who has posted a full account of the event at the JMM Blog.

The Original in New York.

Meanwhile, in New York City, Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz held their "Original Houdini Seance" at Sojourn Restaurant, the site of the Weiss family's first New York home. Guests of honor were author Alain Nu and artist Cynthia von Buhler. Dick reported that cellphones rang twice when Houdini was called upon, and the restaurant chandelier noticeably swayed. You can read a report at the Daily News.

Congrats to all the organizers and participants. Let's try again next year!


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4 comments:

  1. Link to video

    https://www.amny.com/news/houdini-seance-1.22698303

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  2. Dick reported cellphones ringing during the seance and nobody picked up? It could have been HH calling!!!

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  3. Great coverage. Telemundo videoed,

    NY Daily News
    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/ny-metro-houdini-home-seawright-sojourn-dedicate-haloween-20181031-story.html

    AM MY
    https://www.amny.com/news/halloween-houdini-nyc-1.22695660

    Lots of others. A great success. Celebrities such as Alain Nu, the cast of the hit show "The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini", including its creator, writer and producer Cynthia Von Buhler, and more.

    Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz
    The Houdini Museum, Scranton, PA
    The Only Building in the World Dedicated to Houdini

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  4. Author Alain Nu and artist Cynthia von Buhler were guests of honor but Cynthia was brashly pushed out of sitting at the head of the table by a brash women named Sara who even tried to push Alain aside. We did not invite her to sit there at our Original Houdini Seance. She pushed Houdini's bust aside as well to be there. This has never happened in the 50 or so years of this event passed down to Dorothy Dietrich by Walter B. Gibson. We are taking steps so this will not happen again or we will do the event somewhere else next year. There are no shortage of places wanting us.

    Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz
    The Houdini Museum, Scranton, PA
    The Only Building in the World Dedicated to Houdini

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