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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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Magicians of the Past Brought to Life

By Tom Interval Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! For my next trick, I shall bring past magicians back to life! Not literally, of course, but with uncanny results, nonetheless. Although this magic is of the technological variety introduced more … 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 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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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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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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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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