Houdini’s 95th Deathversary: Did He Return?

By Tom Interval

Today, on the 95th anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death, Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz of the Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania, hosted a live Zoom séance, which attracted between 150 and 200 people.

In-person Houdini séances have been a Halloween tradition since after the showman died in 1926, but the official ones (i.e., the ones Houdini’s wife Bess hosted) ended ten years later on the evening of Saturday, October 31, 1936. That one took place on the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and you can listen to a recording of it here.

Dorothy and Dick’s Original Houdini Séance, formerly hosted by Houdini associate and author Walter B. Gibson until his death, lasted three and a half hours and was filled with fascinating discussions with two of the last remaining descendants of Houdini and Wild About Harry‘s Houdini expert John Cox.

So the big question: Did Houdini return?

Sadly—and not surprisingly—no. But there were unexplained happenings some could interpret as signs from the Master Mystifier, including the moment when Dorothy and Dick’s Internet connection went black just after, they later claimed, there was a loud pounding in their wall. No one else in the Zoom “room” heard it.

But who am I to be a Doubting Interval? If Houdini could walk through walls, he certainly could pound on them.

And the mystery continues.

In Memory of Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874–October 31, 1926)


About Tom Interval

San Diego Magician Tom Interval, owner of Interval Magic, provides magic entertainment and training to private and corporate clients locally and nationally. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), Society of American Magicians (SAM), and the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), Interval has captivated tens of thousands of people at numerous venues, including Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. With a BA in professional writing and minors in communications and business administration, Interval writes magic-related e-books, magazine articles, and blogs and produces tutorials and related videos for his YouTube channel. Most recently, Interval earned The Linking Ring Award of Excellence for a cover story he wrote for the magicians' publication. To learn more, please visit https://www.intervalmagic.com.
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