Bobby Houdini & A Collector’s Quandary

Kevin Connolly Collection

Kevin Connolly Collection

Calling all collectors, restoration people and BS artists in general. As you can see from above, I have a problem. This is a silk program for the Fourteenth Annual Society of American Magicians dinner in 1918. Let me start by describing of who is on the bill. It’s no other than Bobby Houdini, “The Only Handcuff King Dog In The World”, presented by Harry Houdini. Bobby must have been some pooch. His name is printed larger than Hardeen’s, Kellar’s and even our boy, Harry Houdini. Neat, eh? If you click on the images, you might be able to see it a little better. I hope you enjoy it.

Now for the problem. Is there anyone out there who knows how to have this repaired? Can it be repaired? ( I think so, but is it worth it?) Maybe I should just wait and try to find another? I looked on the internet and I’m kind of lost.  If anyone has an idea, please let me know. If you have one for sale, that could work. I’m never adverse to having Houdini duplicates in my collection. Any help with this is most appreciated. Thanks!

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5 Responses to “Bobby Houdini & A Collector’s Quandary”


  • Wow! Bobby. I’ve never seen billing for Bobby.

  • I would contact The Lincoln Center Library of the performing Arts. When I needed to mount and restore a poster once I called a friend over at the Motion Picture Academy who got me to the person who could tell me who does their posters.
    I saw an incredible restoration done by Butterfield & Butterfield in San Francisco. A huge piece of a poster was missing. After their restoration, the poster looked perfect. You couldn’t see the repair. I don’t know who actually did the work.

  • I knew you would like it John. :)

    Ghost – That sounds-like it could be expensive. If it was posters, books or paper, I could handle it. Being that it’s fabric that is making it difficult for me.

    As for Lincoln Center, they used to sell at times, signed Houdini photos from his collection, for a buck a piece. They used to hold the sale once a year as I remember it. As Jack Parr used to say, “I kid you not”.

    Great Book ;)

  • There are museums with textile restoration departments, but I’m sure it would not be cheap. Maybe contacting the Smithsonian, if they won’t do outside projects they may recommend companies that do.

  • That could work. I remember going to the Smithsonian and seeing them restore “Old Glory”. Now that was a project. Thanks.

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