The Houdini room is under re-organization.  Please check back in the coming weeks.  Our trip to Mexico City was eventful last November.  I entered the close-up competition and took a third place and an award.  We have just returned from the Louisville joint IBM/SAM convention.  I think everyone from Austin had a wonderful time and unlike some reviewers that I've seen, I thought the convention was one of the better ones in the United States.  This convention gave those that do not travel to F.I.S.M. the opportunity to witness a F.I.S.M. like event with talent from all over the world.                                                                                                                                            I have recently added a few items to the Houdini room.  I picked up a Houdini post card from York.  It is a lovely card that was posted from Leeds in 1905.  I was also able to pick up an original 1905 program from the Hippodrome in Paris and upon receiving it, an original challenge for the show dropped out of the program and into my lap.  I also picked up the rare Black & White Budget from 1901 which shows Houdini in various poises.  I now have some duplicate items on Houdini and will be listing them on my web site shortly.                                                                                             My upcoming trips will take me to Colorado and Wyoming in October to do some further Houdini research and to the New England Magic Collectors' Association (N.E.M.C.A.) in November, with a possible trip back to Mexico City to perform the following week.

A recent addition to the Ron Cartlidge collection was this 1919 Boy's Cinema magazine with Houdini cover published in England.  I had been looking for this particular pieces for my collection for two or three years and finally snagged it.



Houdini advertisement at the Shubert Princess, Chicago, April 7, 1926

The Grim Game, four page brochure for film, August 1919 stapled inside M.U.M. issue

The Grim Game, Publicity book from Artcraft Pictures, reproduced from only original known



Barker Brothers Motor Co., Austin, Texas, Nov. 17, 1923, Houdini family copy embossed

Gimbel Brothers, Dec. 28th, Keith's, Philadelphia, PA., Houdini family copy embossed

Hardeen original challenge, framed, Sweeney Cooperage Company, Oct. 19, 1915, Victoria, B.C. (orignial)

Hardeen original challenge, Pacific Manifolding Book Co., Oct. 24, 1915, Emeryville, CA. (original)

Police Department, City of New York, June 18, 1925, Houdini family embossed

Sheriff Hoffman challenge, Cook County, Houdini family copy embossed

United States Navy, March 28, 1916, Palace Theatre, New York, Houdini family embossed

$5,000 Reward for One Misstatement, Houdini's European Tour, 1901, original




Martinka & Company, Inc., Magic Secrets, Houdini listed as President, original



Batman Houdini, DC Comics

Daring Escapes, Houdini water torture cell on cover, Image, 3 Nov.

Spawn, Image, 20 Nov.



Sent to Houdini at the Majestic Theatre, Fort Worth, Texas and then forwarded to Wichita, KS., 1916

Sent to Houdini Picture Cooperation, July 25, 1922


Foreign Items on Houdini


El Gran Houdini, Cine-Mundial, advertisement, Agosto, 1918


Houdini Escape Tools, original

Framed Handcuffs with key, includes photo of Houdini from Mannis/Young collection

Framed Handcuffs with key, includes photo of Houdini from Mannis/Young collection

Houdini keys, including an extension key


Houdini Related Books

A Magician Among the Spirits, Harry Houdini, 1924 1st edition, SIGNED Best Wishes, Houdini

A Magician Among the Spirits, Harry Houdini, Arno Press edition, 1972

Adventures of a Versatile Artist, Harry Houdini, SIGNED by Hardeen, Houdini's brother

Conjurers' Monthly, Harry Houdini, Volume One, Hereward Carrington's own copy

Conjurers' Monthly, Harry Houdini, Volume Two, McMannis/Young Collection (purchased from University of Texas)

Elliott's Last Legacy, Harry Houdini, 1923, 1st edition

Final Sťance, the Strange Friendship between Houdini and Conan Doyle, Massimo Polidoro, 2001

Harry Houdini Remembered, 1991, Assembly 206, Austin, Texas, featured Manny Weltman

Houdini, Harold Kellock, 1928, 1st British edition, includes two articles from newspaper on Houdini's death

Houdini: A Mind in Chains, Bernard C. Meyer, M.D., 1976, 1st edition

Houdini, A Pictorial Biography, Milbourne Christopher, 1976

Houdini & Conan Doyle, Ernst & Carrington, SIGNED by Houdini lawyer Ernst

Houdini Exposes the Boston Medium "Margery", Houdini, Adam Press

Houdini, Handcuffs and Legirons, Dick Wresch, 1951, Tanner reproduction

Houdini, His Life and Work in Prose and Pictures, Hardeen

Houdini, His Life Story, Harold Kellock, 1930, Fifth Printing, Blue Ribbon Books

Houdini, The Career of Ehrich Weiss, Kenneth Silverman, 1996

Houdini Unmasked, R. C. Pressing

Houdini, Untold Story, Milbourne Christopher, 1969, 1st edition

Houdini's Big Little Book, Houdini & Beatrice Houdini, 1927, Whitman (2)

Houdini's Big Little Book, Houdini & Beatrice Houdini, 1927, Cocomalt edition

Houdini's Book of Magic and Party Pastimes, Houdini, Stoll & Edwards

Houdini's Box, Adam Phillips, 2001

Houdini's Escapes, Walter Gibson, 1930, 1st edition

Houdini's Escapes and Magic, Walter Gibson, 1976, reprint of 1932 Blue Ribbon Book

Houdini's Paper Magic, Harry Houdini, Second Printing, 1922

Houdini's Texas Tours, 1916 & 1923, Ron Cartlidge, 2002, 1st edition

Mystery and Magic, Houdini & Dunninger, 1967

Margery, Thomas R. Tietze, 1973, SIGNED by author

Miracle Mongers and Their Methods, Harry Houdini, 1920, Dutton

Miracle Mongers and Their Methods, Harry Houdini, Feb. 1929, Second Printing

Original Houdini Scrapbook, Walter Gibson, 1976

Rope Ties and Escapes, Harry Houdini

The Houdini Girl, Martyn Bedford, 1998, SIGNED by author

The Houdini Specter, Daniel Stashower, 2001

The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini, Ruth Brandon

The Man Who Killed Houdini, Don Bell, 2004

The Man Who Walked Through Walls, William Lindsay Gresham, 1959, second printing

The Right Way To Do Wrong, Harry Houdini, 1906, Gambler's edition

The Secrets of Houdini, J. C. Cannell, Hutchison & Company, London

Touring with Houdini, Dorothy Young, SIGNED by Young, the last living member of the Houdini Troupe



Beatrice Houdini original letter to Frederick Eugene Powell, February 2, 1927 on Houdini stationary

Harry Houdini, Louisville, Ky. March 23, 1915, Houdini Family embossed

Max Holden letter to Clinton Burgess who in turn wrote a note on it and sent it to Houdini, original


Lobby Cards

El Gran Houdini, Houdini entering Chinese Water Torture Cell (2)

El Gran Houdini, Houdini levitating Bess

El Gran Houdini, Houdini sawing Bess in half

Houdini, Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh, original


Magazines  & Articles from Magazines

Billboard Magazine articles:  August 23, 1924 & March 7, 1925

Boys Life, June, 1974, "The One and Only Houdini"

Center Stage, Houdini Historical Center, several copies

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2, October, 1938, Houdini, Bess, & Mom, cover

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 2, October 1943, Hardeen cover

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol.17, No. 10, June 1953, Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh cover

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 2, Oct. 1955, Harry Houdini on cover

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 21, No. 2, Oct. 1956, Houdini bust on cover

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 2, Oct. 1962, Houdini on cover

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 39, No. 11, Nov. 1975, Houdini Star

Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine, A special Houdini issue, Houdini on cover

Goldston's Magical Quarterly, summer 1934, Will Goldston

Goldston's Magical Quarterly, winter, 1936, Will Goldston

Hocus Pocus, Vol. Two, No. 5, Sept./Oct. 1980, Houdini on cover

Ladies Home Journal, May 1918, "How I Get Out of A Strait-Jacket"

Magazine of Magic, January 1921, Will Goldston

Magical World, Vol. 1 No. 8, Wed., December 21st, 1910

Magical World, Vol. 1 No. 17, Wed. February 22, 1911

Magicol, numerous editions on Houdini

Mahatma, Vol. 3 No. 3, September 1899, very early Houdini advertisement

Mahatma, Vol. 3 No. 4, October 1899, another very early Houdini advertisement

Mahatma, Vol. 6 No. 3, September 1902

M.U.M., February, 1918, article on front page by Houdini

M.U.M. August, 1919, has four page color brochure on the Grim Game inside magazine

M.U.M., February, 1921, article on front page by Houdini

M.U.M. July, August, September, 1924

M.U.M. October, 1924

Mystifier, Houdini Historical Center, numerous copies

Physical Culture, May 1921, "How Does Houdini Do It?"

Popular Science, January

The Eagle Magician, September 1916

The Magazine of Magic, Vol. 7, No. 4, Will Goldston

The Magician, Will Goldston, May 1912, Houdini advertisement

The Magical Bulletin, May 1923

The Sphinx, November 15, 1916

The Sphinx, June 15, 1919

The Sphinx, April 15, 1924

The Sphinx, May 15, 1924

The Sphinx, June 15, 1924

The Sphinx, July 15, 1924

The Sphinx, August 15, 1924

The Sphinx, December 15, 1924

The Sphinx, March 15, 1926

The Sphinx, May 15, 1926

The Sphinx, August 15, 1926

The Sphinx, September 15, 1926, Max Holden cover

The Sphinx, October 15, 1926, Nicola cover

The Sphinx, December 15, 1926, Karl Rybolt cover

The Sphinx, May 1939

The Sphinx, October 1939, Hardeen cover

The Sphinx, October 1940

The Sphinx, March 1941

The Sphinx, July 1945

The Sphinx, October 1950


Newspaper Articles

Bound Volume Dallas Morning News, January 1916, includes full week of Houdini's tour in Texas

Democrat & Chronicle, Wednesday, December 22, 1999, "Family Footsteps"  on the Houdini family

Philadelphia Record, Nov. 1, 1926, Harry Houdini King of Escape Artists, Dies of Peritonitis

Philadelphia Record, Nov. 1, 1926, Houdini (article on his career)

Philadelphia Record, Nov. 4, 1926, Houdini to be buried in New York Today


Original Hardeen Programs

Belasco Theatre, New York, with Cardini & Raymond, January 21, 1945


Original Houdini Programs

Hancock Opera House, 1923, Austin, Texas, advertisement

Majestic Theatre, Oct. 14, 1923, Fort Worth, Texas, advertisement

Orpheum Program, 1923, original, Kansas City

20th Annual Dinner Program, Society of American Magicians, 1924

16th Annual Banquet, Society of American Magicians, 1920

B. F. Keith's, 1921, original program

Orpheum Theatre, week commencing February 13, 1922

B. F. Keith's Riverside Theatre, week commencing March 13, 1922

B. F. Keith's, Cleveland, Ohio, week beginning January 30, 1922



This find was made at the recent New England Magic Collectors' meeting in Providence, R.I.  Tucked inside the Society of American Magicians' banquet program from 1924 were two newspaper articles.  The one showed at the right of the program was published the following day and gives some information about the banquet.  The second article is by a reporter who was a guest at the banquet and the reporter talks about her early experiences with magicians as well as having the opportunity of sitting next to Houdini at the banquet.  Although the program had turned brown from housing these articles for over eighty years, it was well worth the find.


Other Items

An original piece of Houdini's Water Torture Cell which is now housed in the David Copperfield Museum

Certificate of Authenticity, SIGNED by Marie H. Blood, July 1999

Christmas Card from Frederick Eugene Powell sent to Tod, Houdini's nephew, Dec. 25, 1929 

Greeting Card with photos of Bess & Harry

Houdini Family Price List with hand written note from Jeff Blood, Houdini's nephew

Houdini Historical Center brochure, Appleton, Wisconsin

Limited Edition set of Houdini Die Cast Cars, Oxford Die Cast, England, 2001



Beatrice Houdini & Edward Saint with group at dinner party, 8 x 10, vintage

Hardeen with two dogs, W. H. Stephens, Monmouthshire, Wales, Harry Ransom Center, U. of T. photo

Hardeen's Tombstone, born Feb. 29, 1876, Died June 12, 1945

Houdini Airplane in Australia, vintage, circa 1910

Houdini and Roosevelt, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas photo, June 23, 1914

Houdini, Bess, and Martin Beck in car, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas photo

Houdini, Chung Ling Foo, and David Bamberg, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas photo

Houdini entering box for underwater escape, Houdini family photo

Houdini entering the Chinese Water Torture Chamber

Houdini in Chains before San Francisco Bay stunt, Harry Ransom Center, U. of Texas photo

Houdini in Chains from the film The Grim Game, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas photo

Houdini in Chains, from the Houdini family collection

Houdini in film scene from Haldane of the Secret Service, Harry Ransom Center. U. of Texas photo

Houdini in line with his brothers

Houdini in tux with handcuffs, circa late 1920's

Houdini portrait, 1926, used on cover of program, Houdini family photo

Houdini portrait in suit with polka-dot tie, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas photo

Houdini portrait in tux with arms folded, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas photo

Houdini with apparatus, late 1800's

Houdini with his brothers, Hardeen & Nathan, 1904, Fleming photograph, University of Texas photo

Houdini with his mother and Bess, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas photo

Houdini with Marie H. Blood and SIGNED by Blood on June 3, 2002

Houdini with Marie H. Blood (different from above copy) and SIGNED by Blood June 3, 2002 (2)

Houdini with newspaper boys, 1925

Houdini with reformed spirit medium, circa 1920's

Houdini with spirit plates, Oscar Teale in background, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas photo

Houdini Portrait, Jan. 31, 1914

Houdini's Home, The Brownstone in New York City

Houdini's Tombstone, 1874-1926

Janet Leigh, SIGNED

Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh, Houdini photograph, both SIGNED


Photo Copies

Back of Harry Kellar Photo owned by Houdini, written in Houdini's hand

Billboard, New York City, 10-27-23, letter to editor from Oscar Teale

Billboard, New York City, 10-27-23, Elliot's Last Legacy

Boston Globe, 3-1-23, Magician Feats

Cedar Rapids Gazette, Iowa, 8-31-1923, The Mystery Man, Still a Mystery to Majestic Customers: ...

Challenge to any Medium in the World, a letter on Houdini's stationary and signed (2) one embossed

Chung Ling Soo letter to Houdini, Nov. 14, 1909

Chung Ling Soo letter to Houdini, Dec. 5, 1912

Chung Ling Soo, note to Houdini, Dec.13, 1910

Chung Ling Soo note to Houdini, Sept. 2, 1913

Chung Ling Soo letter to Houdini, Feb. 5th (no year)

Dallas Times Herald, 10-29-23, Houdini Heads Lively Bill at the Majestic

Detroit, News, 8-26-23, Orpheum Theatre Opens September 2

Houdini by Dr. Frank Chase

Houdini, New York Globe, 6/2/1923

Houdini comes to Majestic as Headliner, Houston Chronicle, 11/4/23

Houdini & T. Nelson Downs, cabinet card, 1901 Germany

Houdini Letter to Chung Ling Soo, June 15, 1914

Houdinism, North American, Philadelphia, 6/8/1923

Kansas City Times,3-1-26, Houdini Challenges the Mediums

Ledger, Newark, New Jersey, 5-8-23, Houdini to Lecture at Station WOR Tomorrow

Minneapolis Morning Tribune, Oct. 1915, escapes from straight-jacket

New Orleans, 5-13-23, Houdini Insists Bernhardt Asked Him for New Leg

New York Daily News, 10-26-1923, Houdini Film A Potpourri.......

New York Graphic, Feb. 25, 1926, Houdini Hits at Mediums in Measure at Washington

New York Evening Sun, 6-2-1923, Wizards Hold High Carnival

New York Sun, 5-28-23, Country's Necromancers to Dine at McAlpin

New York Times, 5-27-23, Medium Trapped by Electric Lights

New York Times, 11-1-26, Harry Houdini Dies After Operations (several articles)

New York Times, 11-2-26, Houdini's Body Gets Here Today (several articles)

New York Times, 11-3-26, Harry Houdini Rites Tomorrow

New York Times, 11-4-26, Houdini Funeral Today

New York Times, 11-5-26, Houdini Eulogized in Impressive Rites

Note to Chung Ling Soo, June 17, 1914

Pass to Houdini Show, City Editor, Bronx Home News, signed Houdini, Houdini family embossed, 8-5-26

Sioux City, Iowa, Tribune, 10-20-1923, Houdini Tops Orpheum Bill

Tatler, 2-17-03

The Era, London, April 1, 1923, Houdini portrait

Theatre Magazine, March 1923, The Mystery Man of the Stage (2 pages)

Traveler, Boston, Mass., 6-9-1923, article on spiritualists

Washington, D. C., Post, 10-28-23, Bob Long, Houdini friend

Zits, New York City, 6-1-1923, Houdini Back from Tour, May Lecture


Post Cards

Hardeen autograph on sheet

Museum of Famous People, New York, NY, Houdini escaping from chains from a box in Hudson River

The Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, where Houdini stayed during his Texas' tours

The Littlefield Building, Austin, Texas, where Houdini hung & escaped from a straight-jacket, 1916 & 1923


Sheet Music


Houdini, recorded by Walter Brennan

The Golden Years, Houdini (1953 Movie)


Stamps & First Day Covers

Houdini Bear, U. S. Post Office

Full Page of Houdini Stamps, cancelled July 3, 2002 (2)

Full Sheet of Houdini Stamps, unused, numerous sheets

Houdini Program for 1st Day of Issue Stamp, New York, NY, July 3, 2002, with cancelled stamp

Numerous First Day Covers

Stamp Decoder for Houdini Stamp, U. S. Post Office