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.