Sherlock Holmes

Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were friends in real life until they had a falling out over the issue of spiritualism. That story is well known and can be read about HERE. But Houdini has also had a long association with Doyle's most famous fictional creation Sherlock Holmes.

Houdini was a Holmes fan. It's said had in his library 1,343 items of correspondence, heirlooms, souvenirs and merchandise pertaining to the great detective. In 1908, a Sherlock Holmes pastiche story appeared in a Geman magazine in which the great detective investigates Houdini's kidnapping in Berlin. It's likely Houdini penned the story himself.

Over the years there have also been many fictional pairings of Houdini and Holmes in novels, plays, and comics. While there has yet to be a Houdini-Holmes movie, it seems just a matter of time.

Below is a list of some of Houdini and Holmes' fictional escapades:

Auf den spuren Houdinis (1908)
The Houdini Deception (1978)
The Pandora Plague (1981)
The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man (1985)
Pulptime (1985)
Sherlock Holmes and the Houdini Birthright (1995)
The Adventure of the Magician's Meetings (2012)
Houdini & Holmes (2011) by Polly Guo
The Clairvoyant Murders, Vol. 1 (2013)
The Clairvoyant Murders, Vol. 2 (2013)
Sherlock Holmes and The Escape Artist (2014)
Watson and the Dark Art of Harry Houdini (2014)
Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs (2014)
Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini (2015)
Who Done Houdini? (2015)
Holmes and Houdini (2017)
Holmes & Houdini (2024)


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