Category Archives: Harry Houdini

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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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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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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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 Listen to/watch this blog entry in video format → 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 … Continue reading

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Blogcast #9: Harry Haudyni, German Houdini Imitator

By Tom Interval Three days ago I posted a blog about Harry Haudyni, the German imitator of Harry Houdini. Blogcast #9 elaborates on that a bit and provides a way for you to listen to the original blog instead of … Continue reading

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