Attention centenarians or anyone who knows a centenarian!
During the World Wide Houdini Birthday Celebration last month, the topic came up as to whether there's still anyone alive who met or saw Houdini. June Horowitz, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 104, was the last person I was aware of. And with Houdini being dead for nearly 98 years, the math is moving against us.
However, I think there's still a good chance there are some centenarians out there who saw Houdini. This is because in the last years of his life, when he was touring with his 3 Shows in One in 1925-26, Houdini made a practice of performing special matinees for audiences made up entirely of children. He did this in every city he played. That's a lot of kids! So I think it's entirely possible one or more of these audience members could still be with us.
So if you have a parent or grandparent who was around in 1925-26, maybe ask them if they saw Houdini? If they did, please contact me. It would be great to discover and celebrate anyone who holds a memory of the real Houdini while we still have the chance to do so.
Photo: Library of Congress.