Coming for auction on May12 is Houdini’s Elks Club card. Houdini has presented to someone as a gift. For more information, here is the link:
An early image moments after Houdini having an argument with the high-strung Bess. And you thought you were having a bad day.
I think I’m getting close to seeing it all. Although you know as soon as you say it, another piece comes in from left field. Isaac Brooks created this pen and ink drawing. With some of the titles of the books and objects on the shelves, he seems to have captured Houdini’s life. On the shelves are handcuffs, safes, secret compartments etc. Some of the books are on locks, aeroplanes, straight jackets, movies and more. It seems to me he encapsulated Houdini’s life. The best book on the shelf is probably Houdini’s dictionary. The dictionary is spelled “dicshnary”. Using that misspelling and “aeroplane”, shows that the artist did his homework. This piece would have been nice to see in the Houdini exhibit that is touring now. Please click on the bookshelves to make them magically grow.
This is a rare 1957 reproduction of an even rarer Houdini catalog. The original catalog was published circa 1898. I would guesstimate that there are only 5 of the originals extant. The catalog above was published in an issue of “The New Phoenix” some 55 years ago. These are now becoming difficult to locate. I only have this one available. If you want this piece for your collection, here’s your chance. Price: $35.00 plus $3.00 postage in the USA.
Houdini is looking for a new owner. If you like to add this little Houdini gem to your collection, here’s your chance. The price is $25.00 and $3.00 for postage in the US. Good Luck!
Was this the first meeting between T. Nelson Downs and Harry Houdini. It just might be. This is a program with Downs and Houdini performing back-to-back on the same bill. I guess one could say “The King Of Koins” meets “The King Of Cards”. The piece is from circa 1895. This is well before either one of the “Kings” would be headlining in theaters across the world. Houdini and Downs would remain close personal friends for the rest of their lives.
It seems nothing can keep Houdini down! Woodcut artist, Loren Kantor, has sent me here latest effort. She has posted it her blog. To read more about Loren and Houdini, here is the link:
I just wanted to tell you all that all is well here in Houdiniland. I first had trouble with my monitor and had to fix that. Then the Easter/Passover weekend arrived. Finally, my modem had to be put down. In between all of that, we went away to the shore. I really like Houdini stuff, but there are so many better things to do than besides Harry. Needless to say, I have many emails to answer, packages to open, etc. I will be working on them tonight and hopefully make a dent in them. I’ll post something new tomorrow if anything came in of interest. Thanks.
Here’s twelve Houdini pieces that all ready to hang on your wall. There are 11 original lobby stills and one flyer for “The Master Mystery”. As soon as I have my daughter take some individual photos, I’ll post them. This twelve piece lot is for sale or trade.