HOUDINI SEANCE HISTORY
October 31, Halloween, marks the anniversary of the death of Harry Houdini. Each year since his death a tribute in the form of a seance has been conducted on this day. The first ten seances were done by his wife Bess as a tribute and test. In his effort to challenge the crooked mystics and psychics of his day, Houdini the greatest escape artist of all time, said, when he died, if he could not escape from the beyond and return in a seance no one else could.
After ten years Houdini's wife passed on the legacy and tradition to Houdini biographer, friend and writer Walter B. Gibson. Walter B. Gibson was the creator of "The Shadow" one of the most famous mystery series of all. It started out as a novel, a radio show, a television show and then a movie starring Alec Baldwin. The shows catch phrase, "The Shadow knows!" has been repeated thousands of times by comedians and others through the years. Walter B. Gibson helped Houdini in some of his literary projects, and after Houdini died Gibson wrote several early biographies and magic secret books culled from Houdini's private notes that Bess and her lawyer let Gibson use.
Before Mr. Gibson died he passed on the tradition to well known magic celebrity, Dorothy Dietrich (http://DorothyDietrich.com). Dorothy Dietrich has been called "one of the most noted magicians of the late 20th century" by Columbia Encyclopedia, Columbia University Press. She's one of the world's best known magicians and has been called "The First Lady of Magic" and "The Female Houdini". She has appeared in many television specials, and is the first and only woman to do the bullet catch in the mouth, "the stunt that scared Houdini." She is the first and only woman to perform a straitjacket escape from a parachute ride while suspended hundreds of feet in the air from a burning rope, as shown on a HBO special that she stared in. She is also known as "The first woman to saw a man in half!" When not traveling, Dietrich performs at The Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA, where she is also a director. It has the largest permanent display to the general public anywhere, of artifacts, historical displays and information on Houdini.She has been featured on numerous television shows and channels world wide including the BBC, CBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, Travel Channel, Biography Channel, History Channel, TV Land, etc. This month she has been featured as an expert on Houdini on the Travel Channel's, "Mysteries at the Museum" She is considered a leading collector and expert on Houdini.
The Original Houdini Seances were done by Ms. Dietrich many years at New York's legendary Magic Towne House in New York City, lifetime home of the legendary Houdini, and moved to The Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pa. The Houdini Seances are attended on a regular basis by the closest living relatives of Houdini. The Houdini Museum is under the close guidance of Houdini's family. They have also asked the museum to do upkeep and repairs at the Houdini's Grave. The museum recently received world wide publicity for replacing the bust of Houdini at his grave that has been missing for the past 36 years.
Sojourn Restaurant, 244 East 79 St., NY, NY, is the site of Houdini's first home in NYC
FALL AND WINTER SCHEDULE During the Fall and Winter months The Houdini Museum is open weekends for tours and a magic show, as well as any day of the week for school and bus groups, and magical birthday parties. Reservations required.
A separate presentation put on by Psychic Theater (http://PsychicTheater.com) "Haunted! Mysteries of THE Beyond." takes place in the evenings. It is a hit fun mystery show that has been running for eleven years.
Contact Penny Wilkes
Houdini Museum, Tour & Magic Show
1433 N. Main Ave.
Scranton, PA 18508
World-famous mentalist Marc Salem's all new show "Haunted Mind" will play a special Halloween night event at The Gramercy Theatre at 127 E. 23rd Street in Manhattan on October 31st at 7pm. For more info, go to
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Marc Salem takes you on a captivating excursion into the power and possibilities of the human mind. Using psychological techniques, a sharp eye, a quick wit, and 20 years of training, Salem engages the audience in a series of mesmerizing and mystifying experiences. Through the course of these humorous interactive exercises, Salem unlocks the minds of audience members and encourages them to figure out how he does it.
During the Fall and Winter months the Houdini Museum is open weekends for tours and a magic show, as well as any day of the week for school and bus groups, as well as magical birthday parties. Reservations required. Currently the Houdini Museum takes on an eerie atmosphere in the evenings, as Psychic Theater (http://PsychicTheater.com) presents "Haunted! Mysteries of THE Beyond." It is a hit fun mystery show that has been running for eleven years.