Sunday, June 2, 2019

Magic wand made of wood from Houdini's house

My recent post about the availability of wood lath from Houdini's New York home (278) proved to be wildly successful. Many Houdini buffs were able to get authentic pieces of Houdini's house, and in doing so helped fund the ongoing restoration.

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 negrilman15@gmail.com.

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31 comments:

  1. What a creative and special treasure!

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  2. That's great. What a wanderful momento!

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    1. Haha. It took a few reads to see what you did there. :p

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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!

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  5. John Hinson great nephew of bess and harry HoudiniJune 2, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    What a nice piece of history to have.

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    1. Hello Mr Hinson,
      It would be an honor to make a wand for you

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  6. 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.

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  7. Sure, I would be interested. Very nice work. Please let me know if you will be making these available. Thanks!

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  8. 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. ithaz4535@yahoo.com thanks

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  9. I am the producer of The Grim Game and would love one.

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    1. The producer of The Grim Game? How old are you?

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    2. That's what I was thinking!!!

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  10. Hi guys,
    I start shipping next week. I have a fun surprise for Johns readers who order. Negrilman15@gmail.com

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  11. Ordered mine with black tips. What an amazing connection to old Harry.

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  12. 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.

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    1. 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?

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    2. 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.

      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.

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  13. I would also love a wand
    Thanks

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  14. Keith,
    Contact me at negrilman15@gmail.com

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  15. Price? Obviously priceless, but we Ancients have to budget.

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  16. Please add me to the list of wand purchasers; if I'm not too late to the party.

    Let me know the price and how to pay. Email me at cbobchin@gmail.com.

    thanks

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    1. Contact me at negrilman15@gmail.com

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  17. Just got mine in the mail today. Beautiful. Thank you Barry for making it, and John for getting the ball rolling on this project.

    I now have a very unique piece of Houdiniana. Something I've wanted for almost 50 years.

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