In a recent interview Dorothy stated, "Not sure what will come out, as they filmed for over 7 hours non stop straight. It could come out different than what I meant when I said it, depending on the cuts and editing. It was one of the most difficult TV sessions I have done. Because of the style of the show most of the time I was in complete darkness. The reason it went so long is they kept trying to get me to say it was a fake and a set up, which I would not. I gave them several possible ideas, including that he could have snuck into the newspaper office at night to get a look at the key hidden in a safe, that they used part of. "
Some of the best minds in magic and escapes were contacted by Ms. Dietrich for input for the story including many who are on the Board of Directors of the Houdini Museum. Dorothy commented, "with that mix of experts they are not always going to agree with what I said on this show to the general public. Those consulted reads like a who's who of Houdini experts, Jeff Blood, Houdini family member, Dick Brookz Houdini Museum Administrator, Pulitzer Prize winning author of the biography on Houdini, Ken Silverman, and escape experts Norman Bigelow, Dick Brookz, John Bushey, Patrick Culliton, Chris Gower, Mick Hanzlik, Joe Laurer, Bill Liles, Steve Moore, and Fred Pittella. Even age old works on Houdini by Milbourne Christopher and Walter B. Gibson, Harold Kellock, Houdini, William Lindsay Gresham and others were researched. Houdini is one of my idols and saved my life. I hope I did him proud. It was more difficult than when I escaped from a straight jacket suspended from burning rope from the top of a parachute ride for the HBO Special called "The World's Greatest Escapes".
A link to the Travel Channel's promo for the show can be seen on video by clicking here..
Many consider her the leading female magician and escape artist in the world. She is the only woman to have accomplished the jinxed Bullet Catch, often called, "The stunt that scared Houdini" and the ony stunt Houdini was known to back away from.
Houdini fans have come to Scranton, PA., the home of the Houdini Museum, Tour & Magic Show for 23 years. It is the only building in the world totally devoted to Houdini, & is the longest running and largest public exhibit in the world dedicated to Houdini. (http://Houdini.org.) It's headed up by professional magicians Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz.
The Houdini Museum is also home of the annual Original Houdini Seance held each Halloween at 1:26 PM the time and date of Houdini's death in 1926. Admission is free this year by reservation. (570) 342-5555 The Houdini Museum, Tour and Magic Show is located at 1433 N. Main Ave, Scranton, PA and features year round tours for adults, kids, seniors and teenagers.
The Houdini Museum's "Houdini Road Show", the largest and only continuing traveling exhibit on Houdini, has finally all come back from being on exhibit at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino in West Palm Beach for much of this past winter. (http://HoudiniDisplays.com)
Museum co-director Dick Brookz is currently starring in Psychic Theater's "Haunted!, Mysteries of THE Beyond!", now running evenings for 8 years at the Houdini Museum theater. It is the longest running seance show in history. (http://PsychicTheater.com)
For more information call Penny Wilkes at (570) 342-5555