Sidney Radner, famous collector of Houdini memorabilia

Sidney Radner, collector and steward of priceless Houdini collection
Sidney Radner, collector and steward of priceless Houdini collection On June 26, 2011, Sidney Hollis Radner passed away of cancer in Holyoke, Massachusetts.   He had been given a sizable collection of  Harry Houdini  memorabilia from Houdini’s brother, Theo. Theo €”performed as an escape artist in his own...
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Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery

Houdini : Unlocking the Mystery - DVD video - History channel
Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery – A documentary on the life and career of Harry Houdini, using the largest auction of Houdini’ ™s personal effects ever as anchor point, talking about Houdini’ ™s life and legacy with modern day marvels such as David Copperfield and Lance Burton, as well as interviews...
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Houdini the Movie Star

Houdini the Movie Star - DVD collection
Editorial review of  Houdini, the movie star  courtesy of  By the year 1919, Harry Houdini was known throughout the world as a master magician and escape artist. Having conquered the stage, he set out to rule the screen, appearing in a series of thrillers built upon his...
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Houdini, starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh

Houdini, starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh
Houdini, starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh  If there’s one type of film that Hollywood does extremely poorly, it’s the biography.   Whether it’s virtually any biography done by Oliver Stone, or biographies about Buster Keaton, Capone, etc. Hollywood tends to take enormous liberties with the facts in order...
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The Houdini Box

The Houdini Box - book cover
The Houdini Box, by Brian Selznick  The Houdini Box was one of my daughter Emily’s favorite books when she was younger — and with good reason.   It’s the story of a young boy who idolizes Harry Houdini, the famous magician and escape artist.   The young boy, Victor,...
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Death Defying Acts

Death Defying Acts - Houdini's Secret - Guy Pierce - Catherine Zeta Jones - magic is inescapable - "A Masterful Work"
Death Defying Acts  (2007) starring Guy Pierce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan The movie  Death Defying Acts  is a Hollywood fantasy, based  very  loosely on the life of Harry Houdini.   The basic plot of the movie has Harry Houdini crusading against false psychics (which was true),...
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A Magician Among the Spirits

A Magician Among the Spirits, by Harry Houdini
Editorial review of  A Magician Among the Spirits  courtesy of  Harry Houdini and his exposure of the fraud spiritualist, spirit photography, spirit slate writing, ectoplasm, clairvoyance, and other quackery and cons perpetrated on the gullible, by the likes of the Boston Medium Margery, the Davenport Brothers, Annie...
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Houdini – A Pictorial Biography

Houdini - A Pictorial Biography
book review of  Houdini – A Pictorial Biography, Including More Than 250 Illustrations  by Milbourne Christopher  When purchasing this book at my local bookstore, I told the clerk something to the effect that any book written by Milbourne Christopher is well worth reading.   I stand by that;...
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Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss

Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss : American Self-Liberator, Europe's Eclipsing Sensation, World's Handcuff King & Prison Breaker, by Kenneth Silverman, author of 'Edgar A. Poe' and 'The Life and Times of Cotton Mather'
Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss : American Self-Liberator, Europe’s Eclipsing Sensation, World’s Handcuff King & Prison Breaker – book review Editorial review of  Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss, courtesy of  Silverman’s engaging biography catalogs the life of  Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss, who made a...
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Escape!: The Story of The Great Houdini

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini - by the Newberry medalist Sid Fleischman - now you see him ...
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini, by Sid Fleischman  Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini  is a very well-done biography of Harry Houdini aimed at middle school-aged children (grades 4-8).   It is written by Sid Fleischman, a Newberry Award-winning author – as well as a...
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