Friday, July 2, 2021

Eric Colleary on The Magic Word Podcast

Our great friend Eric Colleary, Cline Curator of Theatre & Performing Arts collections at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin, is the guest on Scott Wells The Magic Word Podcast. In the YouTube version, embedded below, Eric shares some of the treasures from their collection, including Houdini's own copy of The Discovery of Witchcraft and the breakfront bookcase that started it all! This is a great talk so enjoy.

After a fifteen-month closure due to Covid, The Harry Ransom Center will reopen to researchers on July 12. For more information visit their official website


  1. Wonderful interview! A big thanks to John, Eric, and Scott for bringing it to the table to enjoy the morsels. Incredible how HH's copy of Discovery of Witchcraft went under the radar from the Library of Congress. A good number of books escaped and that's a story in itself.

    1. Good point. I'm guessing HH had this book put away among his more precious magic collectibles and not in the big bookcases that where carted up for the LOC.