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Harry Houdini

He escaped from chains, coffins and straitjackets, but not from a mysterious Halloween death | Posted 10.31.2016 | Entertainment

Erich Weisz, aka Harry Houdini March 24, 1874 - Octiber 31, 1926 Spectacular escapes from chains and straitjackets were his stock in trade - oft hang...

Up to Their Old Tricks

George Heymont | Posted 02.17.2017 | Arts
George Heymont

The trickster is an archetype whose presence is not limited to mythology. While there will always be a shape shifter like Loki lurking around, fast-thinking humans have always had a talent for distracting onlookers in times of crisis.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Day of Silents

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.25.2016 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

With its many festivals devoted to so many different aspects of film, festivals goers in San Francisco are especially fortunate in their opportunity to take in movies others may have only heard or read about.

Ten Offbeat Reasons To Make Scranton, PA Your Next Mini-Escape

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

You'd be forgiven if Scranton PA doesn't spring to mind as a vacation destination. But let's take a second look, ok?

Movie Review: An Honest Liar -- Art of Deception

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As this entertaining and touching nonfiction film reveals, that has been Randi's most important work over the years: debunking charlatans who profit from their supposed ability to contact the dead or otherwise harness the supernatural. 

Adrien Brody Makes Houdini Worth Watching

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.29.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Along with the particular charm of the story you get the excitement of some of Houdini's most death defying escapes. If you are not already familiar with how the story is going to end these daredevil escapes give real suspense to the show.

Michael McLaughlin

Houdini Fans Haunted On Halloween: Why Can't He Rest In Peace? | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 10.31.2012 | Weird News

Harry Houdini, who escaped from sealed coffins during his life, can't seem to find eternal peace inside one. The final resting place of the master ...

Harry Houdini On How To Pick Pockets

Posted 10.30.2012 | Home

The following essay, "Pickpockets at Work," is excerpted from The Right Way To Do Wrong by Harry Houdini [Melville House, $15.00]: Among the most i...

A Blind Magician's Secrets Revealed

Posted 08.06.2012 | Home

The following is an excerpt from "Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind" [Harper, $26.99]: With his...

'Hunger Games' Director's Next Project

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 05.02.2012 | Entertainment

Turns out directing "The Hunger Games" won't be the last thing Gary Ross ever does. THR reports he's in negotiations to helm "Houdini" for Summit. ...

The Great Houdini!

Posted 03.19.2012 | Arts

Legendary magician Harry Houdini was the master of spectacle, provocation and surprise. Born Ehrich Weiss, a rabbi's son, Houdini soon became an inter...

Harry Houdini and His Cunning Stunts at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Harmon Leon | Posted 02.14.2012 | Home
Harmon Leon

Houdini was the Pablo Picasso of handcuff removal, the Babe Ruth of being plunged ankle first into locked containers filled with water. Houdini toyed with death at every padlocked corner.

7 Most Bizarre Magician Deaths

Joshua Jay | Posted 01.18.2012 | Home
Joshua Jay

These slides show us examples of how and where conjuring has gone fatally awry, and why. With equal appreciation, we honor and immortalize the heroes, casualties and dunces who have lost their lives in pursuit of magic.

Harry Houdini Gets The Google Treatment

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Google home page is sporting a vintage look, commemorating the 137th birthday of world famous illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini. Born...

March 24: Harry Houdini's Birthday

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

The City Diner Escape: Harry locked himself in the bathroom at City Diner and then got out. This may not seem like a lot, but the lock there is really confusing.

Stage Door: Ragtime, My Wonderful Day

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Ragtime is a sweeping, ambitious revival that, with the election of Barack Obama, carries added resonance. The musical, an adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel, is not to be missed.

Trup: From the Detroit Stories

Lester Sloan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lester Sloan

It had been raining about an hour when the locksmith rang my doorbell. I went to the door prepared to put his mind at ease. If you didn't know, Detroit is like that.