Among those who took away a load of lath was Houdini fan and woodworker Barry Spector, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the 278 open house in 2017. As thanks, Barry sent me this magic wand made from the 120-year-old wood. How cool is this?
Barry tells me this is Wand #1. I'm not sure if he has plans to make more. However, he is working on a few more projects with the wood that he'll share with us in time.
Thanks to Barry and everyone who have helped in the restoration of Houdini's 278.
UPDATE: If you're interested in a wand Barry can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a creative and special treasure!ReplyDelete
That's great. What a wanderful momento!ReplyDelete
Haha. It took a few reads to see what you did there. :pDelete
Beautiful work Barry! We are grateful and really enjoyed the enthusiasm of the Houdini community- there are a few people who requested a couple of pieces of lath we still need to mail to. Not to worry- we just have been buried with work but will get these out shortly.ReplyDelete
I made 2 wands before i got distracted by a far more ambitious HH project. If there is interest i may make additional wands. My first big project is finished. Its gonna surprise!ReplyDelete
What a nice piece of history to have.ReplyDelete
Hello Mr Hinson,Delete
It would be an honor to make a wand for you
What a great idea! I would love one of these wands as well. If you do decide to make more please put me on the list.ReplyDelete
Sure, I would be interested. Very nice work. Please let me know if you will be making these available. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I would be interested in a few wands (one for me, two others for friends) if your going to be making more please send me info. email@example.com thanksReplyDelete
I am the producer of The Grim Game and would love one.ReplyDelete
The producer of The Grim Game? How old are you?Delete
That's what I was thinking!!!Delete
The restoration, 2015ReplyDelete
I will gladly fulfill all requests on this site.Delete
Thank you Barry!Delete
Oh my, then I'm in!Delete
Sign me up as well.......ReplyDelete
I start shipping next week. I have a fun surprise for Johns readers who order. Negrilman15@gmail.com
Ordered mine with black tips. What an amazing connection to old Harry.ReplyDelete
Ooooo, black tips. Yes.Delete
Wand #19 landed my way and it's a beauty. The wood has an old attic smell to it. Feels like a part of Harry is with me.ReplyDelete
Oh, wow, I love that. The smell, yes. That's a part of the bones of 278 you are holding in your hands. It's just magnificent, isn't it?Delete
Indeed it is magnificent! Ever since I discovered HH in 1976, I would have never imagined owning a piece of 278. And turned into a magic wand, not just a piece of wood.Delete
After opening the package, I immediately sniffed it from one end to the other, like a Havana cigar. The old wood smell transported me to the dark mysterious corridors of 278.
I would also love a wandReplyDelete
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Price? Obviously priceless, but we Ancients have to budget.ReplyDelete
Please add me to the list of wand purchasers; if I'm not too late to the party.ReplyDelete
Let me know the price and how to pay. Email me at email@example.com.
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Just got mine in the mail today. Beautiful. Thank you Barry for making it, and John for getting the ball rolling on this project.ReplyDelete
I now have a very unique piece of Houdiniana. Something I've wanted for almost 50 years.
I would like one if you. Still have any.ReplyDelete
I don't know if Barry had any more, but you should send him an email. His address is there in the "Update" at the end of the story.Delete
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Sadly--that delicious musty old NY townhouse wood smell eventually dissipated from my wand. It was wonderful while it lasted and conjured up the ghost of HH.ReplyDelete
Yours had a smell? Mine didn't. I also have several pieces of raw wood and I've not picked up a smell off those either. But maybe you have a better nose than me. :)Delete
Yeah--it had a nice old musty attic smell. That same odor when you walk into the attic of an old house. It didn't last long and the wand eventually gave no odor. It was almost like being transported to 278 while it lasted.Delete
Hey Leo, I have lots of fresh Houdini wood dust and chips if you need some.i usually just use it to smoke my honeybeesDelete
Thanks for the offer Barry! But you need those wood chips to smoke your honeybees. What is that btw?Delete
You know, that would be a cool thing to do at an official Houdini seance. Ignite a little kettle of Houdini wood chips on the table for smoke.Delete
Ok, new project! Little packs of Houdini wood chips and dust. Or maybe mixed into candles! (I'm actually serious.)
278 candles! After lighting one you get that old house, attic wood scent. Like being inside 278.Delete
Would very mush like to purchase one of these wands or to be put on the waiting list pleaseReplyDelete