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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 2021

By Tom Interval Another year, another Houdini jack-o’-lantern. This Halloween, it will be 95 years since Harry Houdini died. Each year I carve a pumpkin in his memory, and this year’s edition features a young Houdini, no older than 25 … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Erik!

By Tom Interval Today is Harry Houdini’s 147th birthday. Happy birthday, Harry! You don’t look a day older than three! At least in the accompanying video and photo. Before Houdini was Houdini, he was Erik Weisz, born on March 24, … Continue reading

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Smitten with Mittens

Houdini, Bess, and company, Welsh Bros. Circus, circa 1898. #BernieSandersMittens Image manipulation by Tom Interval

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In Memory of Houdini

By Tom Interval Harry Houdini (1874–1926), the world’s most famous pioneering escapologist, showman, and magician, died 94 years ago today. In memory of the man who inspired several generations of aspiring mystery men, including me. Happy Halloween, Harry.

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Houdini Jack-o’-Lantern 2020

By Tom Interval Here’s the latest installment of my annual Houdini jack-o’-lantern. I’ve been carving these since about 2009 or 2010. See below for a few pictures outlining the basic steps.

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Online Children’s Magic Classes Scheduled

By Tom Interval Do you know any little wizards or wizardesses? In other words, children who are crazy about magic? If so, I highly recommend enrolling them in one of my online magic classes for students ages 9 through 18 … Continue reading

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A New Move for the Hot Rod

By Tom Interval If you’re a magician who likes to perform the Hot Rod, you’ll like this video. In it, I introduce a new move I invented for the square, heavier rods on the market. For those not familiar with … Continue reading

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James Randi 1982 Radio Interview at Cornell University

By Tom Interval Today is magician and skeptic James Randi‘s 90th birthday, so I thought it would be appropriate to post a radio interview he gave 36 years ago during his visit to Cornell University to give a public lecture, … Continue reading

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Magic Video Tutorials

By Tom Interval I’m working on some semi-informal video tutorials by request. This one is 9 minutes and covers how to fan a deck of cards using a basic, very old method called the thumb fan:

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