Houdini premiered his “Grand Magical Revue” in British cities through the spring of 1914. It probably played a dozen times. Above is an ad from the Library of Congress for a performance that was presented 102 years ago, today at the Palace Theatre, Hull.
Below are brief descriptions for each effect:
- The Crystal Casket – Houdini opened the show by picking a number of coins; he seemed to toss them toward the box that was suspended by two ribbons over the stage.
- Good-Bye Winter – Houdini’s title for Morritt’s disappearance of a person atop a stack of tables.
- Money for Nothing – Houdini’s version of the classic coin-catching routine, where he would produce five hundred gold sovereigns from a cloth bag, .
- The Arrival of Summer – Morritt’s production of a lady from a pyramid-shaped box.
- Calico Conjuring – Houdini cut and burned and then magically restored a long strip of cloth.
- Metamorphosis -Houdini closed the show with his popular trunk illusion
- Hiding The Elephant by Jim Steinmeyer
- Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman
- The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary Part 4: 1911 to 1915 by Frank Koval