A Look Back at 2017

2017 was an amazing year for Harry Houdini Circumstantial Evidence (HHCE) for a number of reasons.

Started the year off by sharing some amazing information about Houdini’s relationship with Hardeen, the Keaton’s, and Hackenschmidt. Included new insight to Coney Island story, additional info on Buster Keaton story, and evidence of Houdini promoting wrestling matches.




Shared some thoughts and answers to the following questions:

Shared evidence of a second prison cell and Barrel Mystery poster:

Shared Chef Houdini recipes while honoring Chef Gene, a fellow Houdini Nut, who just got married this year:

Shared beautiful 1976 Volare Auto brochures and 1977 Pharmaceutical calendar ads of iconic Houdini feats:

Shared some amazing Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh ads:

Shared Houdini’s last week leading up to his death as reported by The Philadelphia Record Newspaper:

Shared some national holiday related posts:

Shared my holiday travels:

Shared news from Houdini Museum – Scranton:

Last but not least, shared some incredible ads, photos, and not widely known info about Houdini and his movies.

Master Mystery:

Grim Game:

Terror Island:

Man From Beyond:

Thanks to all the readers out there for your support. And a special thanks to Dick Brookz, Narinder Chadda, John Cox, Dorothy Dietrich, Leo Hevia, and Fred Pittella for your many contributions to this site.

Also would like to give a shout out to my fellow Houdini bloggers for keeping Houdini alive and well in 2017 at their excellent blog sites:

2018 should be another amazing year for Houdini.

LINK: How About Some Magic for the Holidays

Dayton Daily News, Dec 11, 1916, page 4

Traveling back 101 years this week to December 1916 in Dayton Ohio, Houdini was one of three performers competing for viewers.

Dayton Daily News, Dec 10, 1916, page 8

Below is a link to a 2016 Dayton News Archive article by Bill Stolz about families seeing a performance during the holidays which has some nice references to Houdini performance at B.F. Keith’s Theatre in 1916.

H A P P Y  H O L I D A Y S ! ! !


Back to Work on Dec 4th

I am back to work on Dec 4th after a vacation that wasn’t long enough.

In 1911, Houdini also returned to work on Dec 4th after a vacation that wasn’t long enough:

“I…am confined to my bed with strict instructions not to move,” he wrote Goldston on November 20, “So I am taking a vacation laying on the broad of back and doing some thinking. I have cancelled a number of weeks, but I will be able to go to work as the hemmorrage [sic] has already stopped, but must give the broken vessel [that burst early in Nov during one of his escapes in Detroit] a chance to heal.”

By November 30, Houdini was walking around. “I am allowed to go to work next week, under the condition that I do not do any strait jackets for several months,” he wrote Dr. Waitt. [Source: The Secret Life of Houdini p269; Image: Collection of Joseph Hanosek]

On Dec 4th, Houdini opened in Columbus, Ohio at the B.F. Keith’s Theatre.