Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Cigar Houdini would Smoke

Houdini did not drink or smoke, but if he did this would probably be one of his favorites. This cigar is produced by Asylum Cigars and called the Asylum Straight Jacket. Until next time..

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bess Houdini - Her Home 1936

Here's a trivial Houdini fact...

I was doing some research and came across a document that listed Bess Houdini's address in 1936 as 1616 North Curson Ave in Hollywood, Ca. Here is what it looked like in 2012.  It is listed on Zillow

Bess Houdini died from a heart attack on February 11, 1943 while in Needles, California, aboard an eastbound train traveling from Los Angeles to New York City.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Another year is almost over. It sure does go by fast. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a happy & healthy New Year!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lost Mme. Herrmann Poster

It's hard to believe next week is Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner. I have been busy these past few months. I opened my own marketing & design business - Romano Marketing & Design (RMD) and things have been hectic. I can help you or your business with all your marketing, design, video, photography, web, promotional and print needs. RMD specializes in developing creative and innovative solutions for small to mid-size businesses. 

Well, enough about me. I came across this image of a Mme. Herrmann poster I have never seen before. One can only imagine what it looks like in color - stunning.

Have a happy Thanksgiving! Until next time...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Houdini - California Dreaming

Houdini wrote a lengthy article about his escapades in the Sept. 29, 1907 edition of the Los Angeles Herald. In the last three paragraphs of the piece Harry writes that shouldn't be taken seriously. I found that to be out of character for the great escape artist. He also speaks of retiring (?) in a few years and settling down among the orange groves of California. Perhaps the fragrant scent of citrus put Harry in a thoughtful mood.

Until next time...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

More Houdini

A few weeks ago I visited Historic Auto Attractions in northern (Roscoe) Illinois. The museum is not only home to famous cars, but also a wide array of movie memorabilia. Some of those pieces include Marilyn Monroe’s nightgown, a sweater worn by Hollywood legend James Dean, and an outfit worn by Elvis Presley. In addition a large section of the museum is dedicated to John F. Kennedy, along with the “Day in Dallas” display.

The museum is very nice and we really enjoyed ourselves. I was happy to see a small exhibit on Houdini. It looks like most of the items on display came from the Sid Radner auction. 

I thought this portrait of Houdini was well done and had never seen it before.

Since I'm on the subject of Houdini, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I finally saw William Pack's program The Essential Houdini. I have known and respected Bill for several years and he did a wonderful program that was well-received by his audience. I especially enjoyed his performance of Houdini's "Needles." 

William Pack performing one of Houdini's greatest effects.

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Houdini's Grim Game - A Review from the Past

John Cox writes a very informative and well-done blog called WILD ABOUT HARRY. I check his blog often because there is always of something of interest there. The other day he had an entry on Houdini's Grim Game movie. Coincidentally, I came across an enthusiastic review of this movie from the August 27, 1919 edition of the New York Tribune.

I can't recall reading such a detailed account of the movie's plot and thought some of you my find it intriguing.