These teaser ads appeared in the Evening Review April 10-11, 1919.
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Circumhoudini traveled from New Orleans especially to attend the dinner, and he spoke very nicely of how the Circumnavigators' Club was the first club he had joined and that he made this long journey to meet the officers and members for the first time because he felt that it was "home" to him; that he knew many of the members through reading The Log and that he was not disappointed. Circumhoudini said he flew the first aeroplane in Australia; that he is one of six pioneers living who were the original aviators and that he stopped flying when women took it up. Circumhoudini is a very moderate eater at all times and he did not care for "another piece of pie." Furthermore, on his recent trip to the Pacific coast and back he got the whole "pie" in the way of front page publicity in the leading newspapers of the different cities.
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The Circumnavigators Club is the only organization devoted to bringing together those men and women who have circumnavigated the globe. The Club's purpose is to encourage global fellowship and understanding. It strives to inspire people to see and absorb as much as they can about the world in which we live. It is devoted to providing those who have circumnavigated the globe with a forum for intellectual exchange.
The Brothers Houdini reviewby Dorothy Diertrich and Dick Brookz.
We spent a interesting evening at very well presented reading of the The Brothers Houdini... The Musical at the Hungarian Consulate on 223 East 52 Street in New York City.
The evening started with champagne, wine, orange juice and a fun assortment of Hungarian snacks.
There were several very special moments during the reading. The beginning of the play sets up the strong relationship between Houdini (Perry Sherman) and his younger brother Theo (Rico Le Bron ). They were close in age by two years. Houdini did have a great relationship with his brother, which is an ongoing theme of the show. The truth is Houdini died in his brothers arms. It presented the two as great pals with a lot of plans for their successful future. They worked the streets to raise money to help their family. A scene shows the proud boys saying ... Shake me Momma (who was played by Amy Bodnar)... as the coins fell from the boys pockets. Amy portrayed her part as a loving mother who was very supportive of her sons adventurous ways.
It covers the fact that their father Samuel (Wade Mc Cullum) was not in good health. He died when Houdini was only 18 and Houdini vows to his mother that they will take care of her, which the brothers do. All is well with them as a team, until they meet lovely Beatrice Rahner (played by Quiana Holmes) who was working with an act called the Floral Sisters.
A precious moment when Bess tells Houdini about how much she loves the song Rosabelle. There’s a great sense that they have met their perfect love. They soon after get married. This leads to one of the very special moments during the reading.
The show is not linear, but goes back and forth in time. Several of the transitions are very clever and magicial. For instance Bess taking on the role of assistant in the act is depicted by having Harry and his brother Hardeen present the trunk trick but at the finale instead of the brother coming out of the trunk Bess appears. A very exciting and magical transition as a trick, but in time and space as well. There should be more moments like this.
Another is the scene regarding Houdini’s contentious run in with the noted spiritualist Mina Crandon, aka Margery (Laney Allan), who played several other roles to great aplomb. Laney’s feisty performance gave a real sense of who Mina was. Margery holds a seance for Houdini and apparently “talks” to Houdini’s mother, which he exposes as a ruse. Though this never happened, this way, it was again a dramatic juxtaposition of two actual events.
Houdini meets theatrical agent Martin Beck (Wade McCullum) who changes everything. The performance of Wade McCullum was brilliant. He more than aptly portrayed the two characters of Houdini’s aging father Samuel and Houdini’s agent Martin Beck. He adds much to the characters he plays. It’s a joy to watch him playfully bring the story forward. Martin Beck’s wise guy character is full of chuckles and comic relief.
Houdini sets out on tour having great success with his new agent in charge of the tour, but leaves Bess behind. Beck introduces Houdini to his new attractive assistant Daisy (Pilar Martinez). Daisy is interested in being more than assistant to Houdini.
Gordon Whitehead was played by Terrell Foster-James who presents the famous punches to Houdini’s abdomen.
The fun story plays loose with the facts. Although Houdini may have toyed with the Bullet catch in his youth and been hurt, the show has him presenting it successfully. In this same vein it has him rescued out of the Water Torture Cell by breaking the glass. I guess in a way, a homage to the Tony Curtis movie. It also has Houdini taking punches in the stomach, incessantly from childhood on to his untimely death, which could have been a one time event.
Toward the end of the story, Peter Scattini plays the theater manager who insists that Houdini performs even though he is gravely ill.
The play has a lot of potential. The fact that it’s a musical is even more exciting.
As to the songs in the show, only about half were presented in the time allotted, but they move the story along well. However the only memorable melody that people might leave humming or singing was the classic Rosabelle, so it should be reprieved several times, and possibly at the end.
It would be great to have a Broadway Show about Houdini.
We will do all in our power to help any such production.
Today’s Daily Express, regarding the latest Burnley’s Empire Theatre. pic.twitter.com/J12wp8OM2S— James (@jamesfspencer) December 8, 2018
With this remarkable book, the legendary magician conducts a master class in crime by revealing the trade secrets of crooks. Harry Houdini is known not only as an illusionist and escaper of handcuffs and jail cells, but also as a debunker of phony spiritualists and other charlatans. His interest in exposing fakery led Houdini to interview both police and criminals around the world. The result is this captivating volume, intended to help readers avoid being victimized by pickpockets, con artists, and other thieves.
Written with verve and humor, these lively chapters recount the techniques of burglars, sneak thieves, shoplifters, and pickpockets as well as those of faith healers, fortune tellers, art forgers, card sharks, and counterfeiters. The instructive and amusing book concludes with an autobiographical essay, in which Houdini discusses the early days of his career and the experiences that contributed to his renown as the Handcuff King and Prison Breaker.
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December 25 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Tickets to this program include Museum admission.
Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. Houdini stars Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly, and Evan Jones.
King of Handcuffs illustrated envelop mailed by Houdini 110 years ago to Wallace Dibble in 1908. Postmarked in front and back. Envelope only, no contents. $80-100
"You see a trick when performed by an ordinary magician is not the same in my hands. I weave an air of romance and mystery about it and it appears in a different light, for example my card star trick, silk trick, fish bowl stack, and even Palagenesia, so when I get hold of the effect I will see what I can do with it. Remember I try out lots of tricks and throw them away."
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