Wednesday, May 15, 2019

When Truth came to the U.S.

It was 43 years ago today on May 15, 1976, that the great BBC documentary The Truth About Houdini first aired on American television. Along with several new books and The Great Houdinis, the airing of this first major Houdini documentary in the U.S. was part of that year's celebration of the 50th anniversary of his death. It helped fuel the "Houdini renaissance" of the 1970s, not to mention my own obsession. It's still my favorite Houdini documentary.

To mark the day, check out my post from 2017 all about:

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  1. It was a life changing perfect storm: The Great Houdinis movie, the documentary, and the books. And you had to be eleven, the perfect age to appreciate new discoveries. It's always about being born at the right time.

  2. I've never seen this documentary, so I'm grateful for this and the 2017 post. Happily, it is still available to stream on Amazon(more happy homework!) (The first documentary about him that I saw was "Houdini: The Greatest Illusionist of All Time," which led me to visit the Hall of Fame, which was also life changer.)