Larry Weeks, the man who called himself “Houdini’s biggest fan”, passed away on October 13 at age 95. He was buried October 24, at Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, not far from Houdini’s grave just as he wished. The Official Houdini Séance in Danvers MA will pay tribute to Larry Weeks tonight on Halloween, the 88th anniversary of Houdini’s death.
Unfortunately, I missed my chance to meet Larry.
He was supposed to come to the Official Séance in 2012 in Fort Worth that I attended, but that was the week of Hurricane Sandy and his travel plans had to be canceled.
In 1981, I became a member of the Society American Magicians Southern California Assembly #22:
A short business meeting was held, and part of it was the third reading vote acceptance of Joe Notaro as a new member. He is a student of Houdiniana and brought part of his collection in for exhibition. He has photos, programs, posters, old and new books, and items of escapology. [MUM Volume 71 1982]
Had I lived in New York instead of Southern California at the time I became a member of the S.A.M., I may have met Larry and seen a showing of the Grim Game at “Houdini night” that he produced for Parent Assembly No. 1 in New York City:
The Oct 2  meeting of the Parent Assembly was truly inspirational. A vast gathering of members, friends and guests met for “Houdini Night”, produced by Larry Weeks. Before the evening’s entertainment however, it was announced that the annual service at Houdini’s grave site will be held on Nov. 1st this year.
In keeping with the “Houdini Night” theme, Larry Weeks introduced those present who were friends, acquaintances, or scholars of Houdini. These included: Sidney Radner, Mrs. Billie Dunninger, Dr. Joseph Fries, and Dr. Morris Young. [And Milbourne Christopher and Walter B. Gibson who each gave a talk and shared Houdini memories]
Larry displayed a miniature pair of Darby cuffs, which Houdini actually had made for his dog, Bobby, to slip out of. The only escape dog.
Larry Weeks presented the entire film, “The Grim Game” Houdini’s first feature length film. Although not an accomplished actor by any standards, Houdini’s skill and presentation were intriguing to watch.
A wonderful evening – thanks to Larry Weeks, Milbourne Christopher, Walter B. Gibson, Parent Assembly, and most of all Houdini
[MUM Volume 71 1982]
Have a Great Houdini Night!
H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N !
Addendum: In 1986, after a broken wand ceremony conducted at Houdini’s grave at Machpelah Cemetery in New York, on October 31st, Larry Weeks gave a lecture on Houdini and showed “The Grim Game” at the Glendale Public Library which is a short distance from the cemetery. [The Magic Circular Vol. 80 1986]