Category Archives: Famous Magicians

In Memory of Harry Houdini on His Deathday

By Tom Interval 96 years ago today—Sunday, Oct. 31, 1926, 1:26 p.m.—escapology pioneer, magician, and worldwide icon Harry Houdini died of diffuse peritonitis (streptococci). In memory of the man who deeply understood that audience perception is more important than reality.

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Houdini Jack-o’-Lantern 2022

By Tom Interval It’s unbelievable another year has gone by since last Halloween, but here we are. Each year I carve a Houdini jack-o’-lantern, and it’s time to share 2022’s edition with you: a young Houdini. For the source image, … Continue reading


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Harry Houdini Lives: a Deepfake Encounter

By Tom Interval I recently uploaded a video compilation of clips I made animating old photos of magicians, thanks to deep-learning software called Deep Nostalgia. Being a hopeless Houdini enthusiast, I couldn’t resist doing the same with photos of the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Houdini!

By Tom Interval On this day 148 years ago, my childhood hero, Harry Houdini (1874–1926), pulled off his first great escape—from the womb! And the celebration will continue this Sunday, March 27, with a 13-hour virtual birthday event hosted by … Continue reading

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In Memory of Harry Houdini (1874–1926)

By Tom Interval Hungarian infant Erik Weisz, who became American toddler Ehrich Weiss, who became worldwide cultural icon Harry Houdini, died way too soon on Halloween 95 years ago today. In memory of a legend who inspired generations of Houdini … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Ex-Library Houdini Book: Connection to the Past

By Tom Interval Anyone who enjoys studying or writing about history and historical figures seeks to connect with the past and its people on some level. For me, that level is deeply personal, especially when it comes to magic, magicians, … Continue reading

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Houdini Jack-o’-Lantern 2019

By Tom Interval Another Halloween, another Houdini jack-o’-lantern. I got a late start on this one and didn’t carve it until today—Halloween—the 93rd anniversary of Houdini’s death. Here’s a 10-second video for your entertainment pleasure. Scroll down to see a … Continue reading

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The Greenhouse Effect: David Kotkin’s Early Magic Exposure and Performances

By Tom Interval Update, Oct. 12, 2019, 8:17 a.m.: David Copperfield retweeted this article, thanking me and referring to it as “Amazing detective work.” He also offered his own memories, clarifications, and corrections in the Twitter thread. Instead of updating … Continue reading

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Blogcast #11: Dinner at the Magic Castle with Kristen Connolly

By Tom Interval About six years ago, I wrote a blog about the night John Cox and I had dinner with actress Kristen Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods, House of Cards). Kristen was researching the role of Bess Houdini, … Continue reading

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