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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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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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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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Blogcast #8: Harry Houdini’s Stamford Home

By Tom Interval In 1904, Harry Houdini purchased a summer home on farmland in Stamford, Connecticut. For some unknown reason, he sold it a year later, and since then, only two other families have owned it. The original house burned … Continue reading

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Tom Frank DVDs Reviewed: Cups and Balls, Linking Rings

By Tom Interval Magician friends, if you haven’t watched Tom Frank‘s instructional DVDs on the Cups and Balls and Linking Rings, I highly recommend doing so. These are the beautiful, practical routines that have put food on his table for … Continue reading

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Blogcast #5: Wild About Houdini Since 1975

By Tom Interval Blogcast #5: Wild About Harry Since 1975 is live! I talk about John Cox, the creator of the most comprehensive Houdini-related website on the Web: Wild About Houdini. If you’re a Houdini, magic, or history enthusiast and … Continue reading

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Blogcast #1: Harry Houdini’s Dad Fired for Not Speaking English?

By Tom Interval Last June I wrote an article on my Harry Houdini blog asserting that Houdini’s father, Rabbi Mayer Samuel Weiss, was not fired by his congregation simply because he couldn’t speak English. I’ve decided to make that blog … Continue reading

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Another Address for Houdini

By Tom Interval There are 11 residential addresses associated with Harry Houdini from 1878 to 1926, and I might have found another one. If you have time, and you love history as it relates to Houdini and magic, please check out … Continue reading

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Today is Harry Blackstone Jr.’s Birthday

By Tom Interval Eighty-four years ago today, classic illusionist Harry Blackstone Jr. was born in Three Rivers, Michigan. Harry, the son of The Great Blackstone, performed many of the same illusions his father passed down to him but with his … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Houdini

By Tom Interval Drop by my Houdini blog and read my birthday greeting to the one-and-only legend of escapology and magic, Harry Houdini, born 144 years ago today. In the mean time, enjoy this 1908 photo of him preparing to … Continue reading

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