Harry Houdini

I read that if you ask ten people to name a magician, nine will reply “Harry Houdini.” Well, only half of my friends and family named Houdini, but considering he died seventy-two years ago this Halloween, that’s an awesome amount of fame. Houdini was a legendary magician, escape artist, contortionist and showman. Here’s where his spirit is still haunting.

American Variety Stage: Houdini5 stars

This online Harry Houdini exhibit is presented by the Library of Congress. It includes 143 photographs and twenty-nine personal items dating from 1886 to Houdini's death in 1926. The exhibit is organized as a hyperlinked biography - to see the photos and memorabilia, just click on the underlined links. Treasures to be discovered include Houdini's personal letterhead which quotes the 1920 Funk & Wagnalls definition of "houdinize, vt. To release or extricate oneself from confinement, bonds, or the like, as by wiggling out."

Houdini Tribute5 stars

I liked everything about this site except the Phantom of the Opera background music. Come here to hear Houdini's voice (look under Multimedia), view wads of photos, read many anecdotes, and keep up with current Houdini news. For example, a two-hour made-for-television movie Houdini-Believe will air on TNT in December. And there are rumors of a new Houdini movie for the big screen starring Tom Cruise. Best clicks are the movie of Houdini doing a card trick (found under Multimedia) and the still photos of his escapes and illusions (found under, you guessed it, Escapes & Illusions.)

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

American Experience: Houdini

Interesting Facts from Houdini Museum

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Feldman, Barbara. "Harry Houdini." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 28 Oct. 1998. Web. 29 Aug. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/houdini/ >.

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