Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Nashville remembers Houdini

Reader Michael Ochoa sends in this photo he took at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. He says Houdini also appears in a film on the auditorium's history. There's no escaping this good old boy!

This timeline chronicles Houdini spiritualism lecture at the Ryman Auditorium on March 11, 1924. The "sunk in water" escape referred to in the ad was his Double Fold Milk Can. Houdini included escapes during this first lecture tour.

This wasn't Houdini's only appearance in Nashville. In 1899 he played two weeks at the Grand Theater on Church Street and even escaped handcuffs at a local police station. During his second week he shared the bill with Sigmund Neuberger a.k.a. The Great Lafayette. This is when Houdini gifted Lafayette with his cherished dog "Beauty." Below is an ad for that week.

The Nashville American, Nov. 12, 1899.

Thank you Michael!


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