Friday, December 31, 2021

Ron Cartlidge has passed away

We end the year with some sad news. Ron Cartlidge, who wrote the groundbreaking 2002 book, Houdini’s Texas Tours 1916 & 1923, passed away on December 12 at age 81.

Ron was a member of the I.B.M., The Magic Circle, and a Life Member of the S.A.M. He was Past President of S.A.M. Assembly #206 and served as the Chairman of the Austin World Famous Magic Auctions for 11 years.

I was happy to have met Ron at the Midwest Magic History Weekend in Marshall in 2015 (where the photo on the right was taken). I always looked to him as the go-to guy when it came to Houdini in Texas. It's even said that fellow Texan George W. Bush kept a copy of Ron's Houdini book in the White House.

Ron is survived by his children, Justin and Jennifer. You can read his full obituary at the Austin-American Statesman.


  1. Ron's book is a must have for Houdini scholars. Houdini rubbed shoulders with presidents, so it was fitting that he was once again in the company of another one.

  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Ron when he visited The Magic Circle Centenary celebrations in London in 2005. We chatted about Houdini matters and he was a lovely gentleman. His book is excellent. RIP. Magic is a lovely brotherhood and sisterhood and matters Houdini never end.