Category Archives: Famous Magicians

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

By Tom Interval With temperatures a bit below average for a February evening in Metuchen, New Jersey, frigid weather was probably the last thing on nine-year-old David Kotkin’s mind. David, a member of Metuchen Cub Scout Pack 70, received an … 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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Houdini Knot Tutorial

By Tom Interval Harry Houdini (1874–1926) was a magician, but he became a legend for his uncanny ability to promote his exciting escapes from any contraption humankind could devise. He escaped from handcuffs, leg irons, straitjackets, packing crates, milk cans, … Continue reading

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The Four Burglars Tutorial

By Tom Interval Some card tricks are old. And some are really old. The Four Burglars is really, really old. Its origin dates back to 1591 in A Notable Discovery of Coosnage and continues through such classic magic texts as … Continue reading

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Houdini’s Birth: 1986 Blurb Incorrectly Corrects Me

By Tom Interval For those who know anything about Harry Houdini, the stats of his birth are not controversial. The master showman and mystifier was born Erik Weisz in Budapest, Hungary, on March 24, 1874. After he and his family … Continue reading

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Blogcast #10: When Harry Met Larry

By Tom Interval In today’s blogcast, then tenth in a series,  I talk about Larry Lewis, a banquet waiter, runner, magician, and escape artist, who claimed to be Harry Houdini’s assistant for 33 years. I cast some doubt on that … Continue reading

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When Harry Met Larry

By Tom Interval Despite the title of this blog entry, I have to come clean: I have no idea if Harry met Larry. I’m talking about Harry Houdini, of course. But who the heck is Larry? Larry E. Lewis, a … Continue reading

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