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- Haldane of the Secret Service (1923)
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- Medium Well Done (1937)
- Religious Racketeers (1938)
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- Wild About Harry Bookshelf
- Houdini His Life Story (1928)
- Houdini The Man Who Walked Through Walls (1959)
- Houdini The Untold Story (1969)
- The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini (1993)
- Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss (1997)
- The Secret Life of Houdini (2006)
- The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini (2012)
- The Witch of Lime Street (2015)
- The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini (2019)
- The Official Houdini Seance
- Terror Island screening on Catalina (2018)
- Visiting the Copperfield Collection (2018)
- 278 Open House (2017)
- Los Angeles Conference on Magic History (2015)
- Official Houdini Séance, San Francisco (2015)
- Houdini Historical Roast (2015)
- Midwest Magic History Weekend, Marshall (2015)
- The Grim Game premiere in Hollywood (2015)
- Houdini at Hollywood Heritage (2014)
- Official Houdini Seance, Fort Worth (2012)
- Magic Collectors Weekend, Chicago (2011)
- Houdini Art and Magic exhibition (2010-2012)
- Tony Curtis at The Magic Castle (2009)
Theodore "Dash" Hardeen
Dash was one of Harry's first partners in an act they called The Brothers Houdini. While performing in Coney Island, it was Dash who first dated Beatrice Rahner. But it was Harry who married her. Theo later married Elsie Fozzard and fathered three children; Theodore Jr., Gladys, and Harry Houdini Hardeen.
Besieged by imitators, in 1900 Houdini brought Dash to Europe and set him up with an act that mirrored his own. If he was to be imitated, why not "keep it in the family," he told Dash. Houdini even chose his new name: HARDEEN. As Hardeen, "Monarch of Manacles", Theo carved out a respectable career as an escape artist. It was Hardeen who first performed the straitjacket escape in full view of the audience. He was also known for his escapes from "Tramp Chairs," something Houdini did not appear to do.
Sometimes the brothers presented themselves as rivals. They once even played in direct opposition to one other in Oakland, CA. But the truth was the brothers were very close and even lived together in Flatbush for several years. It was Hardeen who was with their mother, Cecelia Weiss, when she had her fatal stroke in 1913.
close call). In 1917, he retired from the stage and returned to New York to run Houdini's Film Developing Corporation. The troublesome business gave him ulcers.
After Houdini's death in 1926, Dash came out of retirement and toured as Houdini's official successor. He also served a term as President of the Society of American Magicians. From 1938 to 1941, Hardeen played on Broadway as part of Olsen and Johnson's popular revue show Hellzapoppin'. He also starred in a 1936 Vitaphone short called Medium Well Done (now lost).
In 1945 Hardeen named his assistant, Douglas Geoffrey, as his successor (he would perform as Hardeen, Jr.). On June 12, 1945 Hardeen died in Doctors Hospital after an operation for his ulcers.
Hardeen has been portrayed in film by Jack Carter (The Great Houdinis, 1976), Mark Ruffalo (Houdini, 1998), Remy Auberjonois (Boardwalk Empire, 2010) Tom Benedict Knight (Houdini Miniseries, 2014) and Justin Rutledge (Houdini & Doyle, 2016).
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