The Mystifier

From 1991 to 2003, the Houdini Historical Center in Appleton published a quarterly newsletter called Mystifier. The newsletter ran 4 to 6 pages and provided news on current events, reviews, as well as deep dives into Houdini history. Every issue also contained a column by Sidney Radner, who had his finger on the pulse of all that was happening in the Houdini world. It was a treasure trove of information written by people with a passion for Houdini, and in many ways it was the forerunner of blogs like WILD ABOUT HARRY.

Happily, I have a complete set of Mystifiers, so I've decided to take a look back at each and every issue. I've largely forgotten myself what gems these newsletters contain, so I hope you enjoy rediscovering them along with me.

First Issue, April 1991
First Quarter 1992 | Second Quarter 1992 | Third Quarter 1992 | Fourth Quarter 1992
First Quarter 1993 | Second Quarter 1993 | Third Quarter 1993 | Fourth Quarter 1993
First Quarter 1994 | Second Quarter 1994 | Third Quarter 1994 | Fourth Quarter 1994
First Quarter 1995 | Second Quarter 1995 | Third Quarter 1995 | Fourth Quarter 1995
First Quarter 1996 | Second Quarter 1996 | Third Quarter 1996 | Fourth Quarter 1996
First Quarter 1997 | Second Quarter 1997 | Third Quarter 1997 | Fourth Quarter 1997
First Quarter 1998 | Second Quarter 1998 | Third Quarter 1998 | Fourth Quarter 1998
First Quarter 1999 | Second Quarter 1999 | Third Quarter 1999 | Fourth Quarter 1999
First Quarter 2000 | Second Quarter 2000 | Third Quarter 2000 | Fourth Quarter '00
First Quarter 2001 | Second Quarter 2001 | Third Quarter 2001 | Winter 2001-2
Spring 2002 | Summer 2002 | Fall 2002 | Winter 2002
Spring 2003 | Summer 2003 | Fall 2003

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