Monday, June 24, 2013

Houdini - An Artist's Interpretation

Houdini has been popping up on my radar lately. I came across this interesting sketch of the great escape artist on Ebay today. It was drawn by Richard Bryant Ogle and dated 5-20-1920. The artist also did some other Houdini artwork for the Grim Game movie (1919) (

I thought this drawing was unique because the artist shows Houdini in what looks like a kimono. In my opinion, Ogle has given the middle-aged magician a youthful, almost feminine looking face . This is in stark contrast to most of Houdini's photos of the time. Here he seems relaxed and in a a pensive mood.

I am curious how much this will sell for. We shall see...

The auction is

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Houdini's Bubble Gum Dilemma

I don't blog as much as should, but here's one you may enjoy. I am always finding little bits of magic history and I thought you might like this one.

This funny story first appeared in the Muncie Post-Democrat 1922-07-07 (Vol. 02, No. 26). Houdini, Conan Doyle and bubble gum - what a great story!

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there and until next time...