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Fact Checking HOUDINI The Miniseries

Fact checking Houdini the miniseries, by John Cox
Editorial review of Fact Checking HOUDINI The Miniseries, by John Cox, courtesy of Amazon.com In 2014 the HISTORY channel aired a new biopic about the world’s most famous magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini. Written by Nicholas Meyer and starring Adrien Brody, it promised to tell the “cradle...
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Houdini 1998

Harry Houdini 1998 biopic
Houdini 1998 Recently, I watched the 1998 Houdini TV biography; I was interested to see how it stood up to other Houdini biographies I’ve seen, such as 1950’s Houdini biography with Tony Curtis, or the more recent Houdini with  Adrien Brody. In my opinion, both were entertaining fiction,...
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Houdini’s Escapes and Magic

Houdini's Escapes and Magic, by Walter Gibson
Editorial review of  Houdini’s Escapes and Magic, courtesy of Amazon.com The secrets of the greatest magician of them all are revealed in this new one-volume edition of two classic long-out-of-print works, Houdini’s Escapes and Houdini’s Magic. Prepared by Walter Gibson after Houdini’s death in 1926, from the magicians...
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The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin

The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin, by Harry Houdini
Book review of  The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin by Harry Houdini It’s no secret that Harry Houdini idolized Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin as a child … and later realized that his hero had feet of clay. Robert-Houdin had exaggerated some of his illusions and accomplishments, and Houdini wrote The Unmasking of...
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Houdini, Adrien Brody

Houdini - the History Channel biography, starring Adrien Brody
Houdini – History Channel biography of Harry Houdini, starring Adrien Brody Once, many years ago in the Bloom County comic strip, Opus the penguin was writing a movie review, which read in part: “This bad film just oozed rottenness from every bad scene –simply bad beyond beyond all...
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The Master Mystery

The Master Mystery - Harry Houdini
The Master Mystery  (1920) starring Harry Houdini The Master Mystery stars Harry Houdini as Justice Department agent Quentin Locke, who is investigating a powerful cartel that’s protected by a “menacing” robot (referred to in the film as “the Automaton‘); the cartel is using a gas weapon called “the...
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The Grim Game

Houdini - The Grim Game - movie poster
movie review of  The Grim Game  (1919) starring Harry Houdini The Grim Game  was a silent film starring the great magician and escape artist  Harry Houdini.  Houdini plays Harvey Hanford, a man wrongly convicted of crimes that he didn’t commit.   Using Houdini’s renowned escape abilities, Houdini quickly...
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Houdini: Art and Magic

Houdini: Art and Magic
Houdini: Art and Magic (Jewish Museum) Product Description of  Houdini: Art and Magic  Born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary, Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was a rabbi’€™s son who became one of the 20th century’€™s most famous performers. His gripping theatrical presentations and heart-stopping outdoor spectacles attracted unprecedented crowds, and...
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Hocus Pocus book review

Hocus Pocus - a tale of magnificent magicians, by Paul Kieve - with an introduction by Daniel Ratcliffe - includes 35 tricks
book review of  Hocus Pocus – a tale of magnificent magicians  by Paul Kieve  Hocus Pocus  is a  surprisingly good book, introducing both some  basic magic tricks, as well as biographies of some of the great magicians of the 19th and 20th century.   It uses the fictional...
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